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Sabine Houdon at Age Four

Sabine Houdon at Age Four

ca. 1791

Jean-Antoine Houdon

French, 1741-1828

Houdon won the Prix de Rome at the age of twenty, and while in Italy was influenced by the newly excavated works at Herculaneum and Pompeii, as well as by the sculpture of Michelangelo. In his mature career the sculptor showed great adaptability, moving easily between neoclassical themes and captivating, insightful portraits like this of his little daughter.
17 11/16 x 11 1/16 x 7 1/2 in. (45 x 28.07 x 19.08 cm)
Eugene Fuller Memorial Collection
Provenance: [Private Dealer, London, probably acquired before World War II]; J.L.S. Violante, 1961-1968; [Heim Gallery, London/Paris, 1968]; purchased by Seattle Art Museum, April 1, 1968
Now on view at the Seattle Art Museum


Exhibition HistoryLondon, England, Heim Gallery, "French Paintings and Sculptures of the 18th Century," January 10-March 15, 1968 (1/10 - 3/15/1968)
Published ReferencesSeattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum. Engagement Book. June 14-20, 1970

Heim Gallery, London, England, "French Paintings and Sculptures of the 18th Century," Exhibition Catalogue, 1968, pg. 20, cat. no. 75

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, Annual Report of the Seattle Art Museum, 1968, pg. 46

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