- Jean Antoine Houdon Gorham Company
- Artwork Type
- Media & Support
- Bronze on granite
- 9 ft. 10 in.x 3 ft. 10 in.x 3 ft. 3 in.* (3 x 1.2 x 1 m)
- Internal Services
Grand to Hill between First & Temple
Los Angeles, CA
The statue depicts the sitter’s exact measurements at age 53. Houdon himself traveled to Mt. Vernon, Virginia, in 1785 to study Washington. Wearing his Revolutionary War uniform, Washington stands facing forward with his left arm resting on a column of thirteen rods with arrows. It was more common in the eighteenth century to portray a figure of Washington’s stature in ancient Roman garb. Houdon’s depiction of Washington in military uniform resulted in a likeness that is perhaps more approachable and personable rather than godlike.
Information provided courtesy of Michael Several, Los Angeles, January 1998.
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About the Artist
Jean-Antoine Houdon (1741-1828) was formally trained as a sculptor in France and Italy. Over a 50-year period, he executed sculptures of many of the period’s most prominent figures including Napoleon, Voltaire, Moliere, Diderot and Rousseau.