I Must Replace that Bust

A hundred years after his death, a statue of Lavoisier was erected in Paris and much admired until someone pointed out that it looked nothing like him. Under questioning, the sculptor admitted that he had used the head of the mathematician and philosopher the Marquis de Condorcet – apparently he had a spare – in the hope that no-one would notice or, having noticed, would care.

A Short History of Nearly Everything – Bill Bryson. Black Swan edition, 2004.


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