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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The image is of Franklin's head, shoulders, and chest. The portly figure faces forward, looking ahead. His hair is swept away from his head and face and falls in soft waves onto his shoulders. A cravat is wrapped high around his throat, knotted prominently below his chin. His shoulders and chest are swathed in the folds of cloth that suggest a Roman toga and close the sculptural image.

(Note that attribution of date and place of manufacture are those made by the dealer.)

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