Portrait bust of Benjamin Franklin (Houdon - State), 1778
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This version of the bust was exhibited by Houdon in his studio, among images of other notables including Voltaire.
Related Publications

Rollins, Alexandra, ed., Treasures of State: Fine and Decorative Arts in the Diplomatic Reception Rooms of the U.S. Department of State (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1991) No. 243; pp. 389-390, illus. Also illus.p. 26.

Owned by Houdon; descended in his family to Mme Perrin-Houdon, Lorient, Brittany. In 1936 to Dr. B. Perlmutter, Paris. About 1959 to an anonymous collection. By 1961 with Mrs. Coggeshall Kuhn, dealer in NY and DC. Purchased in 1963 by Fine Arts Committee of the State Department.

Treasures of State, no. 245, p. 389.

Not listed in Sellers, however see pp. 305-06 for discussion of other possible terra cottas, both authentic and copies.

Not listed in Dean Walker's treatment of the Franklin busts in Poulet.

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