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SA Auction #96 begins on 20 Jan 2022

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After Jean-Antoine HOUDON (1741-1828, sculptor).

Life-size cast of the head of George Washingon, aged 53, after or inspired by Houdin’s terra cotta bust of 1785.

apparently cast by Ronald Lee Anderson in 1948

Published: [Maryland ?], [?1948]

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After Jean-Antoine HOUDON (1741-1828, sculptor).  

Life-size cast of the head of George Washingon, aged 53, after or inspired by Houdin’s terra cotta bust of 1785.  

Plaster, with imbedded hanging loop, 11 1/12 inches tall by 9 inches wide; 292 x 228mm., designed to be wall-mounted.  (Some light surface soiling [see images])

Pencilled note to ‘base’: “Maryland Art In[s]t[itute] / Baltimore Md. / 6.00 / Done by / Ronald Lee Anerson [sic.] / 1948”  

For a 360-degree virtual tour of 1785 Mount Vernon terra cotta bust see https://vimeo.com/155036504  

This fine quality plaster cast is clearly inspired by the greatest 3-dimensional portrait of Washington: made by Houdon in 1785. The present 'version', appears to have been a college ‘project’ executed in 1947 by Ronald Lee Anderson (not 'Anerson' as written on the base) who is now best known as a painter.  

Anderson (1929-2002) “was a portrait painter of people, dogs and still-life, most associated with Litchfield, CT.  Anderson was born in Ohio and studied art at The Schuler School of Arts in Baltimore, MD as well as the Pennsylvania School of Fine Art, Philadelphia, PA, studying under a former chief restorer of the Louvre, Paris.  After he finished school, Anderson lived in England and France. When Anderson returned to the US, he proved himself at the early age of 25.  He was selected by American iconic artist, Andrew Wyeth, for inclusion in a Corcoran biennial exhibition in February of 1955.  The "fool-the-eye still life", a centered silver holloware, was chosen as part of the top 60+ paintings from the 1,247 submitted.  The canvas almost did not make the cut, having been placed first into Wyeth's 'maybe' pile.” (askart.com/artist/Ronald%20Lee%20Anderson/11243391/Ronald%20Lee%20Anderson.aspx )

  • Overall Condition: Excellent
  • Size: 11 1/12 x 9in; 292 x 228mm.
  • Sold By: Shadowrock Rare Books
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  • Country: United States
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