Jean-Antoine Houdon (1741-1828) is one of the greatest of eighteen-century sculptors. His works include many world-famous statues such as the "Diana" and the "Seated Voltaire," but he is perhaps best known for his portrait busts, which are unrivaled for their power of observation and beauty of modeling. Aside from the great men of the French Enlightenment - Voltaire, Rousseau, Diderot, Buffon, and many others - he also depicted heroes of the American Revolution, such as Washington, Jefferson, Franklin, Lafayette, and John Paul Jones. The author describes in detail Houdon's journey to the United States in 1785 and his visit to Mount Vernon, where he made life studies of George Washington for the full-length statue now in the Capitol at Richmond, Virginia, and for the numerous portrait busts of the General. THE SCULPTURES OF HOUDON contains an extensive essay and a large group of illustrations, including many superb photographs taken by the author. The book adds much to an appreciation of an artist who, like David, passed triumphantly from the world of the ancien regime to the era of Napoleon.