Portrait bust of Benjamin Franklin (Houdon - Louvre), 1778
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Exhibitions
"In Pursuit of Genius : Jean-Antoine Houdon and the Sculpted Portraits of Benjamin Franklin," at the Philadelphia Museum of Art,5/13/06 - 9/30/06. No catalogue. Jack Hinton, Curator of the exhibition, provided significant assistance in the creation of this entry.
Related Publications

Sellers, Charles Coleman, Benjamin Franklin in Portraiture (New Haven: Yale University, 1962)

Provenance
Made by the artist in 1778, it was the source for his two marble busts and the plaster copies that were made by him. Following his death, a bust which is believed to be this one was sold at auction in 1828 (December 12, 1828, Lot No. 27). Bought by the notable Parisian collector François Walferdin (1795-1880), it was bequeathed by him to the Louvre.
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