Portrait bust of Benjamin Franklin (Skillin), 1777-1785
Photo by Peter Harholdt, 2004
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Photo by Peter Harholdt, 2004

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Talbott, Page, ed., Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World (New Haven and London: Yale University, 2005) (companion book to exhibition of same title)

The bust descended through the Skillin family until it was given as a gift to The Franklin Institute by Edward S. Skillin, J. Harper Skillin and Augustus H. Skillin (prior to March 24, 1947).

The bust is reputed to have been handed down in the New York branch of the Skillin family from father to son for over 140 years. Family history maintains that the bust was carved in Philadelphia by carver Samuel Skillin, who was a resident there for many years.

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