Portrait plaque of Benjamin Franklin (Wedgwood), 1777-1779
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Staffordshire, England
Josiah Wedgwood
Jasperware; H. 10.87 in. (27.6 cm), W. 8 in. (20.3 cm)
Brooklyn Museum of Art (Brooklyn, N.Y.), 57.180.4
As soon as the American colonies declared independence from Britain, images of Franklin appeared that made visual reference to heroes from the classical past.
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