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 Jean-Antoine Houdon  (1741 - 1828)

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Lived/Active: France      Known for: neo-classical portrait bust and statue sculpture

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Prominent in France during the Enlightenment period of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, Jean-Antoine Houdon was a neo-classical sculptor, especially noted for his marble portrait busts and statues.   His subjects included Americans Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Robert Fulton, and among his French subjects were Denis Diderot, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Louis XVI and Napoléon Bonaparte.  For King Louis, he did numerous statues for the gardens (showing 500 of 4155 characters).

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