Bust of a young woman
- Jean-Pierre Dantan the Younger (French, Paris 1800–1869 Baden-Baden)
- Height (with socle): 29 1/2 in. (74.9 cm)
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- Gift of Michael Hall, in memory of W. R. Valentiner, 2000
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Dantan mixed Neoclassical training with interests in caricature, phrenology, and fashionable society. Today he is best known as a caricaturist, although straightforward portraits comprise at least half his output. Occasionally they may have a mischievous undertone, but this young woman has an appreciable semblance of wit and sparkle even as she flaunts the latest hairstyle dubbed "à la Hortense Mancini". The plaster model for it is not among the trove of those by Dantan in the Musée Carnavalet, Paris.