Plaster; 20 1/8 x 9 x 17 3/4 in. (51 x 23 x 45 cm). Gypsotheca e Museo Antonio Canova, Possagno, Italy.
Continuing to resolve the overall approach for showing a seated George Washington, Canova created a terracotta
modella. Then, in December 1817, he produced a three-dimensional model in plaster, which he described as
much superior to my first idea.
The body is more upright and the position of the legs reversed. Instead of a toga, the president wears ancient armor. He is shown writing; a crown and scepter on the floor indicates that Washington has relinquished his command. On a tablet is the Latin inscription LEX / PATRIA / LIBERTAS (Law, Homeland, Liberty).