Portrait bust of Benjamin Franklin (unknown French artist), ca. 1790
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Photo courtesy of Marvin Sadik Fine Arts, Inc.

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Alabaster; H. 9 1/2 in. (24.1 cm) (without base)
Marvin Sadik Fine Arts, Inc. (Scarborough, Maine)
The taste for using small busts of individuals (literary, political, historic, or otherwise exemplary) as decorative accessories for libraries, studies and similar spaces devoted to thoughtful activity did not begin to fade until well into the 20th century.
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