French Sculpture Census

photo credit : MFA, Houston, 2013
artist © : public domain

HOUDON, Jean-Antoine
Versailles, Yvelines 1741 - Paris 1828

Anne-Ange Houdon, seconde fille de l'artiste
Anne-Ange Houdon, second daughter of the artist

unglazed terracotta

H. 12; including base: 15 5/8
signed on right shoulder: Houdon

Acc. No. : 44.578
Credit Line : The Edith A. and Percy S. Straus Collection

Houston, Texas, The Museum of Fine Arts


  • 1944, The Edith A. and Percy S. Straus Collection


  • 1981 Agee
    The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. A Guide to the Collection, Houston, The Museum of Fine Arts, 1981, p. 85-86, no. 150, repr., entry by J. Patrice Marandel


1981 Agee, p. 85-86 no. 150, entry by J. Patrice Marandel:
[...] The sitter for this small plaster [identified today as a terracotta] is Houdon's second daughter, Anne-Ange, at the age of about two. Besides following the normal trend for an artist of his generation to move from a light rococo style to more austere Neoclassical formulas, Houdon also always adapted his work to the personality of his model. In this relatively late work, the soft features of the child are captured with beguiling informality, and the quick upward turn of the head gives the sculpture its vitality.