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PILON, Louis-Jacques

Paris 1741 - ? après 1806

George Washington (1732-1799)

George Washington (1732-1799)

1781

white marble

bust

Dimensions (HxWxD): H. 31 in.

signed and dated, on right side of base: F.L.J. Pilon anc pensionnaire du Roy 1781
inscribed in front of base: [Ne] Quid Detrimenti capiat Respublica [The State must harbor nothing detrimental, Julius Caesar, Commentaries on the Civil Wars]

Acc. No.: 45.128.2

Credit Line: Bequest of Helen Hay Whitney, 1944

Photo credit: www.metmuseum.org, August 17, 2011

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Provenance

  • 1781, Bust executed in Paris after a painting by Charles Willson Peale (1776)
  • 1791, Given by the City of Paris to general Lafayette
  • Courpalay, Seine-et-Marne, Château de Lagrange-Bléneau, Lafayette's study room (he lived in the Château de Lagrange from 1802 to his death in 1834)
  • Paris, M. de Sahune-Lafayette
  • New York, Mrs. Helen H. Whitney
  • 1945, Bequest of Helen Hay Whitney

Bibliography

  • 1946 Downs
    Joseph Downs, "A portrait bust of Washington", Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, New Series, vol. IV, 1946 (February), p. 162-165, ill.

Exhibitions

  • 1893 Chicago
    Exposition historique des souvenirs franco-américains de la Guerre de l'Indépendance, Chicago, World's Columbian Exposition, Pavillon de la France, May 1-October 30, 1893, n° 5

    1904 Bruxelles
    Salon de l'Art français, Bruxelles, 1904