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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

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.

Signer of the U.S. Constitution.

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