Bust of a Woman

dated 177(4?)
Augustin Pajou (French, 1730–1809)

Object Place: Europe, France


Overall (without socle): 20 x 16.8 cm (7 7/8 x 6 5/8 in.) Other (with socle): 36.8 cm (14 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Cast terracotta with a plaster fill

Not On View





A young woman wears her long hair pulled back from her face in a roll that is held in place with a band. One long curl falls over her left shoulder, and a wide meche falls down her back. A rose and other flowers are placed in her hair at her left temple. Her features are smooth and regular with incised eyes and a cupid’s bow mouth. She wears drapery around her shoulders with a band over her right shoulder and between her breasts. The loose drapery falls over her left breast, leaving her right breast exposed.


Signed and dated upper right edge of truncation, inscribed in the clay before firing: Pajou.f.177(4?)


1937, David David-Weill (b. 1871 - d. 1952), Paris and Neuilly-sur-Seine, France; 1937, sold by David-Weill to Wildenstein and Company, New York [see note 1]; May 18, 1940, sold by Wildenstein to Forsyth Wickes (b. 1876 - d. 1964), New York and Newport, RI [see note 2]; 1965, bequest of Forsyth Wickes to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 24, 1965)

[1] See "Sale of the David-Weill Collection," Art News, February 27, 1937, pp. 12, 20. [2] Sold as a portrait of "Madame Olivier".

Credit Line

Bequest of Forsyth Wickes—The Forsyth Wickes Collection