Jean-Antoine Houdon (1741—1828)

by Jean-Antoine Houdon (1741—1828)

 

by Jean-Antoine Houdon (1741—1828)

Plaster, painted to resemble terra cotta; cast about 1788; 27 3/4 x 19 1/8 x 12 in. (70.485 x 48.5775 x 30.48 cm).

by Jean-Antoine Houdon (1741—1828)

 

by Jean-Antoine Houdon (1741—1828)

Cast when Marquis de Lafayette was 28.

by Jean-Antoine Houdon (1741—1828)

Based on the life mask cast by Houdon in 1785.

by Jean-Antoine Houdon (1741—1828)

Marble. State Artwork Collection, Library of Virginia, Richmond, VA.

by Jean-Antoine Houdon (1741—1828)

Terra cotta patinated plaster. Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Monticello, Charlottesville, VA.

by Jean-Antoine Houdon (1741—1828)

Plaster. The Morgan Library & Museum, New York, NY.

by Jean-Antoine Houdon (1741—1828)

Based on the life mask cast by Houdon when he visited Mount Vernon in 1785.

by Jean-Antoine Houdon (1741—1828)

Based on the life mask cast by Houdon when he visited Mount Vernon in 1785.

John Adams was inaugurated as second president on March 4, 1797. Washington had preceded him to the hall and sat on the dais with Jefferson the Vice-President-elect, as Adams spoke. When the new President finished and left, Washington motioned to Jefferson to go next. The two Virginians had known each other since 1769, when Washington had been thirty-seven years old and Jefferson only twenty-six. From long habit and lingering respect, Jefferson now held back. But Washington gestured again, in a manner not to be ignored. The younger man was now Vice-President and must go first.

Richard Brookhiser
Founding Father: Rediscovering George Washington (1996)