Visit the Discovery Station to learn more about the Houdon Bust, and why this important object is the very first object you will see in Mount Vernon's new exhibit—Mount Vernon: The Story of an American Icon.

Add to Calendar 07/12/2022 13:30:00 07/12/2022 15:30:00 America/New_York Discovery Station: The Houdon Bust

Visit the Discovery Station to learn more about the Houdon Bust, and why this important object is the very first object you will see in Mount Vernon's new exhibit—Mount Vernon: The Story of an American Icon.

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Washington's Life Mask

Washington's Life Mask

The Houdon Bust is considered to be the most accurate representation that we have of George Washington.

Made in 1785, this bust was made from a life mask of Washington. The French sculptor Jean-Antoine Houdon used plaster to make an exact copy of Washington's face.

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About the Artist

About the Artist

Jean-Antoine Houdon was a French sculptor known for his fresh and lively portrayals of eighteenth-century American luminaries. Thomas Jefferson described Houdon as having the “reputation of being the finest statuary in the world.”

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The Houdon Bust

The Houdon Bust is considered to be the most accurate representation that we have of George Washington.

Look for the discovery station to learn more about the Houdon Bust and why this important object is the very first object you will see in Mount Vernon's new exhibit—Mount Vernon: The Story of an American Icon. 

Learn more about the Life Mask

 

Learn more about the artist

The Houdon Bust of George Washington


Amanda Isaac, Associate Curator for Mount Vernon, presents the bust of General George Washington created by the famed French sculptor Jean Antoine Houdon in 1785.

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