Portrait bust of Benjamin Franklin (Rush), 1787
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Willliam Rush
White pine and paint; H. 21 1/2 in. (54.6 cm), W. 15 3/4 in. (40 cm), D. 15 in. (38.1 cm)
Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, Conn.), 1804.4
After Franklin's return to Philadelphia at the end of his life, a portrait of him in wood was created by the city's most celebrated carver. Both the artist and his subject could be said to exemplify the promise of the new nation: coming from humble origins, rising to prominence through their great ability, unhampered by societal restraints.
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