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Washington, George (1732-1799) G. Washington. Alexandre Tardieu, after Houdon [collateral]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01588coll Author/Creator: Washington, George (1732-1799) Place Written: [Paris?] Type: Print Date: 1785 after Pagination: 1 print

Summary of Content: Accompanied letter, GLC 1588. A print by Alexander Tardieu, designed and engraved after Houdon, with poem in French by J. Castera: "Pour saver sou pays du pouvoir arbitraire, / Washington combattit en guerrier valeureux...." Presumably the Houdon piece is the 1785 bust of Washington. It depicts Washington in profile with long hair and the words "G. Washington" on left inside a coin-shape.

Background Information: Signer of the U.S. Constitution.

People: Washington, George, 1732-1799

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: PresidentArt, Music, Theater, and FilmFranceRevolutionary WarPoetry

Sub Era: Creating a New Government

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