Carved on the reverse: 'This is a mathematical reduction of the original life mask bust of Washington modeled at Mount Vernon in 1785 by Jean Antoine Houdon, sworn to by Wilson MacDonald, copyright 1899, July.'
9 x 6 1/4 x 5 1/8 in.
Note: In 1785, the French sculptor Jean-Antoine Houdon visited George Washington at his Mount Vernon estate. Houdon made a plaster cast of the future president's features in preparation for a life-size statue. Houdon also used the cast for several busts. Other artists at the time consulted Houdon's work for drawings, paintings and sculptures.