Portrait medallion of Benjamin Franklin (Wedgwood & Bentley), 1769-1780
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Staffordshire, England
William Hackwood, Wedgwood & Bentley
Basalt clay; H. 2 in. (5.1 cm), W. 1 3/4 in. (4.4 cm)
Walters Art Museum (Baltimore, Md.), 48.2386
During Franklin's years in London, ceramic images of him were produced to celebrate him as a scientist and scholar, then as a diplomat and heroic figure.
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