Thomas Jefferson American President Bust by Houdon White 12H
President Bust Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson American President Bust by Houdon White 12H

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Part Number:343W_12

Size (in):

12"H

Weight (lbs):

2.75

Taxonomy:

Arts & Entertainment > Hobbies & Creative Arts > Artwork > Sculptures & Statues
At the time this sculpture was made in Paris, Thomas Jefferson was 43 years of age and was serving as ambassador to France. Ten years earlier, Jefferson had gained notoriety by penning the first draft of the Declaration of Independence. In 1784, he was appointed to negotiate commercial treaties in Europe with fellow Americans Benjamin Franklin and John Adams. It was during this period that he met Jean-Antoine Houdon, considered the foremost portrait sculptor of his time. Houdon's portrait of Jefferson, exhibited at the Salon in 1789, stresses Jefferson's virile elegance, mental alertness, and penetrating intelligence.

This sculpture is hand-cast and hand-finished in crushed stone resin. Centuries-old casting techniques still apply. Artisans apply the patina in a labor-intensive process that requires several layers and specialized shading. The result is a durable statue that stands up to the ravages of time.

Measures: 12"H.

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