Based on the original sculpture in 1785 by Jean-Antoine-Houdon. Shoulders draped with classical toga; circular pedestal base.

Bust of George Washington, c. 1853

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Gift of the Minneapolis Tower Companyexpand_more  51.41a,b

This distinguished bust of President George Washington (1732-99) was created in the 1850s by one of the first great American sculptors, Hiram Powers, who looked for inspiration at a similar bust of Washington done from life in 1785 by the famous French sculptor, John-Antoine Houdon (1741-1828). Here a resolute Washington is portrayed in the popular neoclassical style of the time, draped in a toga giving him the appearance of a noble sage and hero from ancient Greece or Rome. The bust descended in the Drexel family of Philadelphia until 1929 when it was installed in the Foshay Tower, an obelisk in downtown Minneapolis that was modeled after the Washington Monument.

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Title
Bust of George Washington
Artist Life
American, 1805-1873
Role
Artist
Accession Number
51.41a,b
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Based on the original sculpture in 1785 by Jean-Antoine-Houdon. Shoulders draped with classical toga; circular pedestal base.