Art@Site Jean-Antoine Houdon George Washington

Jean-Antoine Houdon


George Washington

Chicago City Hall
George Washington is a statue by French sculptor Jean-Antoine Houdon from the late 18th century. Based on a life mask and other measurements of George Washington taken by Houdon, it is considered one of the most accurate depictions of the subject. The original sculpture is located in the rotunda of the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond, Virginia, and has been copied extensively.
The date given for the sculpture varies. It was commissioned by the Virginia General Assembly in 1784, begun in 1785, signed"1788", completed in 1791 or 1792, and delivered in 1796.
In 1910 an act of the general Assembly of Virginia stated, "That the permission and authority of the State of Virginia be .... granted to the Gorham Manufacturing Company .... to make further copies or reproductions of the Houdon statue of George Washington from the molds now in possession of said company...