French Sculpture Census

photo credit : Courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington
artist © : public domain

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

Alexandre Brongniart
Alexandre Brongniart

c. 1910
terracotta

bust
14 13/16 x 10 3/4 x 7 1/16
falsely signed and dated, on back on bottom edge: A. Houdon, F. AN. 1777

Acc. No. : 1942.9.125
Credit Line : Widener Collection

Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, The National Gallery of Art

www.nga.gov

Provenance

  • Paris, Joseph Bardac
  • Paris and New York, E. Gimpel & Wildenstein
  • Inheritance from Estate of Peter A.B. Widener by gift through power of appointment of Joseph E. Widener, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, after purchase 21 February 1917 by funds of Joseph E. Widener
  • 1942, gift to National Gallery of Art, Washington

Bibliography

  • Museum's website, 2nd August 2011
  • 1959 Shapley
    possibly Fern Rusk Shapley, Early Italian Painting in the National Gallery of Art. Washington, D.C., 1959 (Booklet Number Three in Ten Schools of Painting in the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.), p. 94 (reference could be to 1942.9.123)
  • 1994 NGA Washington
    Sculpture: An Illustrated Catalogue, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1994, p. 111, repr.

Related Works

See also Louise Brongniart, terracotta, c. 1910, in the same museum, 1942.9.126.
And the two marble busts by Houdon, in the same museum, 1942.9.123 and 1942.9.124.