Refurbished George Washington Bust Back at the Huntington Library in San Marino

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SAN MARINO, CA (AP).- Catherine Hess doesn’t have all the paperwork to prove that a 400-pound signed marble statue of George Washington is the one made 179 years ago by portraitist and sculptor David d’Angers and given to the United States by France. But the chief curator of European art at the renowned Huntington Library in San Marino said Wednesday she has no doubt it’s authentic. A conservator who recently refurbished and analyzed the 33-inch bust, signed and dated 1832, came up with scientific proof, Hess said. Newspaper stories and quotes from those involved indicate the bust initially was put on display in the Library of Congress, which was then in the front of the Capitol, she said. It was placed next to a statue of the American Revolutionary War general Lafayette.