#705 – 1932 1c Washington from Houdon Bust

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U.S. #705
1932 1¢ Washington
Washington Bicentennial Issue

Issue Date:
January 1, 1932
First City: Washington, DC
Quantity Issued: 1,265,555,100
 
In 1932, twelve stamps were issued to commemorate the 200th anniversary of George Washington’s birth. Each stamp features a different portrait of Washington, all based on famous sculptures. The 1¢ denomination pictures the Houdon bust.
 
Houdon Sculpts Bust of
George Washington
In 1785, the most acclaimed sculptor of the era left Russia’s Catherine the Great waiting and traveled to the United States. Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin had become familiar with the work of Jean Antoine Houdon while serving as ministers to France. At their urging, Houdon was commissioned to sculpt a bust of retired General George Washington. Houdon spent weeks at Washington’s Mount Vernon home and studied him carefully. On one occasion, Washington became angry about a horse trader’s prices and ordered the man off his property. At that moment, Houdon found the expression of pride and strength that inspired a nation. Houdon set off to capture the expression in his sculpture. The artist prepared a clay bust and a plaster life mask of Washington before returning to France to complete his work. Houdon’s bust of Washington is regarded as the most accurate representation of George Washington’s face in existence. The design of U.S. #705 is based on Houdon’s bust.
 
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U.S. #705
1932 1¢ Washington
Washington Bicentennial Issue

Issue Date:
January 1, 1932
First City: Washington, DC
Quantity Issued: 1,265,555,100
 
In 1932, twelve stamps were issued to commemorate the 200th anniversary of George Washington’s birth. Each stamp features a different portrait of Washington, all based on famous sculptures. The 1¢ denomination pictures the Houdon bust.
 
Houdon Sculpts Bust of
George Washington
In 1785, the most acclaimed sculptor of the era left Russia’s Catherine the Great waiting and traveled to the United States. Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin had become familiar with the work of Jean Antoine Houdon while serving as ministers to France. At their urging, Houdon was commissioned to sculpt a bust of retired General George Washington. Houdon spent weeks at Washington’s Mount Vernon home and studied him carefully. On one occasion, Washington became angry about a horse trader’s prices and ordered the man off his property. At that moment, Houdon found the expression of pride and strength that inspired a nation. Houdon set off to capture the expression in his sculpture. The artist prepared a clay bust and a plaster life mask of Washington before returning to France to complete his work. Houdon’s bust of Washington is regarded as the most accurate representation of George Washington’s face in existence. The design of U.S. #705 is based on Houdon’s bust.