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1840 Ferdinand Pettrich Born: Dresden, Germany 1798 Died: Rome, Italy 1872 painted plaster 28 7/8 x 15 1/2 x 9 5/8 in. (73.5 x 39.3 x 24.5 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum acquisition XX24 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 17A

Luce Center Label

Pettrich modeled this portrait around the time that he executed what has become his best-known statue, that of General George Washington in the act of resigning his commission as commander of the army. Confident from the success of that monumental work, he represented himself in his professional garb as a skilled sculptor.


Occupation - art - sculptor

Portrait male - Pettrich, Ferdinand - bust

Portrait male - Pettrich, Ferdinand - self-portrait