Art: The Honest Chiseler

More than a century had elapsed after the death of John Paul Jones before the U.S. naval hero's grave was discovered in Paris. By then the appearance of the remains could be tested for verisimilitude only by comparison with a portrait bust of 1781. But the proof was easy. Not only did the dead admiral resemble the sculpture, but the skull shape and measurements were almost identical. And that was not surprising: the marble Jones was sculpted by the deftest hand that touched stone during the 18th century in France, Jean-Antoine Houdon.

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