Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Featured Artifact: Bust of George Washington


Marble bust of George Washington with attributions of Jean-Antoine Houdon and Hiram Powers.
Natural size: 25" high, 17" across shoulders, 5" round pedestal.

It is of the class having antique dress, in this case showing Washington in toga drapery. White marble.
Resembles, somewhat, the plaster bust owned by the N.Y. Historical Society. The face resembles the Houdon bust owned by the Stockholm National Museum. Slight W.A. label states: "Marble bust of Washington by Houdon." Continuing research indicates bust may have more qualities attributable to Hiram Powers.

About Washington's stay at Morristown:

For two critical winters of the American Revolution, 1777 and 1779-80, General George Washington chose the Morristown, New Jersey area as the main Continental Army's winter encampment. Because of its strategic location, the area continually served as the military capital throughout the war. During the 1779-1780 Jockey Hollow encampment, over 10,000 soldiers endured the war's most severe winter.
Morristown National Historical Park was established in 1933 to preserve and commemorate the story of of the Continental Army struggling to survive during the American Revolution. The park consists of four non-contiguous units including the Washington's Headquarters unit, Fort Nonsense, Jockey Hollow, and the New Jersey Brigade area.

Morristown National Historical Park

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