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Benjamin Franklin - Item #202

$ 740.00

benjamin-franklin-flat-white

 

26 Inches High x 13.5 Inches Wide x 13 Inches Deep

Counting on Franklin's popularity to sell the pieces, Houdon created two busts of Franklin, beginning with this one in 1778. At the time, Franklin was the American minister to the court of Louis XVI, a position he would hold until 1785. This portrait is considered to be the best depiction of Franklin, a stunning fact considering that he never sat for Houdon. It was also the first bust Houdon created in what would be a series of American portraits. The bust, in many variations, was widely reproduced. Two original marble copies are located in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and the Philadelphia Museum of Art in Pennsylvania.

 

Artist: Jean-Antoine Houdon

Museum: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY and The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania, USA

Time Period: Modern, 1778

1911 Catalog ID # - 5446A