Item GST/6 - Portrait of Voltaire

Portrait of Voltaire (Version 1) Portrait of Voltaire (Version 2)

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GST/6

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Portrait of Voltaire

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  • Early 20th century-mid 20th century (Creation)

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Plaster bust after one of several "seated Voltaire" sculptures completed by the workshop of Jean Antoine Houdon in the late 18th century.

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The plaster bust is coated in layers of a yellowish-gold colored material, likely shellac. These layers suggest that the bust was used by J Giusti & Co as a positive form from which subsequent moulds were taken.

Dimensions: 270 x 210 x 145 mm

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GSAA/ISE/5/8 (Catalogue of Casts for Schools from 1922 shows an equivalent cast)

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