Jean-Antoine Houdon
1741 - 1828
French sculptor whose bust of Franklin, modelled in 1778 and exhibited at the Paris Salon of 1779, was created from observation rather than formal posing. It rivals that of Caffiéri as a popular characterization of Franklin. Houdon's portraits of some of the great men of his era - among them Voltaire, Franklin, Jefferson and Washington - have given us perhaps our most evocative images of those individuals.