by Avard T. Fairbanks, PH.D. (1897-1987)
This bust of George Washington was given by the Board of Trustees of the George Washington University in Washington D.C., to the board of Sulgrave Manor in the spirit of the special relationship between the people of Britain and America.
Created for the bicentennial of the United States in 1976, this striking likeness has won international acclaim for portraying the spirit of indomitable will of the "Father of his Country".
The first bronze casting was installed at the George Washington University in 1980. Bicentennial Washington is also displayed at George Washington's Virginia residence, Mount Vernon.
Avard Tennyson Fairbanks (March 2, 1897 – January 1, 1987) was a prolific 20th-century American sculptor. Three of his sculptures are in the United States Capitol, and the state capitols in both Utah and Wyoming, as well as numerous other locations, also have his works. Possibly his most well-known artistic contribution was designing the ram symbol for Dodge.Fairbanks studied in at the Art Students League of New York beginning at age 13 and the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in the atelier of Jean Antoine Injalbert beginning at age 17. Fairbanks received his bachelor's degree from Yale University and his master's degree from the University of Washington. For three years Fairbanks studied on a Guggenheim Fellowship in Florence, Italy. He received his Ph.D. in anatomy from the University of Michigan. He was also a professor of sculpture at the University of Michigan.