Portrait bust of Benjamin Franklin (Houdon - Louvre), 1778
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Jean-Antoine Houdon
Terra cotta; H. 13 1/4 in. (41.0 cm); H. incl. pedestal (52.2 cm). Dimens. as measured @PMA: H. 15 15/16 in., W. 13 7/16 in., D. 10 13/16 in.
Musée du Louvre
This terra cotta bust was created by Houdon from observation of Franklin at public events, rather than during a formal sitting. However, in the opinion of some it evokes Franklin's essence more truly than any other representation of him.

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