Bust of a Woman

After a model by Jean Antoine Houdon French

Not on view

This bust is a reduced-scale version of Houdon's Head of a Woman, also on view in this exhibtion. The inscription on its base commemorates the first abolition of slavery in the French colonies in 1794. The purchase of such reproductions from the artist’s workshop enabled patriots to signal their alignment with the abolitionist cause in the new French Republic. The sculpture’s theme, inscription, and commercial reproduction served as precedents for Carpeaux’s Why Born Enslaved!

Bust of a Woman, After a model by Jean Antoine Houdon (French, Versailles 1741–1828 Paris), Terracotta and paint, French

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