HOUDON, Jean-Antoine
(b. 1741, Versailles, d. 1828, Paris)

Sabine Houdon

Marble, height 34 cm (with socle)
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

This is a tenderly realized portrait bust of the sculptor's ten-month-old eldest daughter Sabine (1787-1836). At that time it was unusual to fashion portraits of children of such a young age. Houdon made two other busts of Sabine, both when she was a four-year-old.

The bust was presented at the Salon of 1788 without identifying the sitter.

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