Thomas Jefferson

  • Jean-Antoine Houdon, Henry Dmochowski Saunders, Thomas Jefferson, ca. 1857, plaster, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase, XX70

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Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) was a popular subject of American portraitists throughout his lifetime. French sculptor Jean-Antoine Houdon’s portrait bust has had the greatest impact in America because it was reproduced on the Jefferson dollar, minted in 1903 to commemorate the centennial of the Louisiana Purchase. For this work, Henry Saunders copied Houdon’s bust while still living in Philadelphia, where the artist would have been able to study a bronzed plaster cast of it in the collection of the American Philosophical Society.

Title
Thomas Jefferson
Artists
Date
ca. 1857
On View
Dimensions
28 3/4 x 19 1/2 x 10 in. (73.0 x 49.5 x 24.4 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • Occupation – political – president
  • Portrait male – Jefferson, Thomas – bust
Object Number
XX70
Palette
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