Portrait bust of Benjamin Franklin (Houdon - Athenaeum)
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Jean-Antoine Houdon
Plaster; H. 33 1/4 in. (84.2 cm), W. 26 1/4 in. (66.6 cm), D. 16 1/8 in. (41.1 cm)
Boston Athenaeum (Boston, Mass.), UH151 [1908]
Less celebrated than his portraits of Franklin in contemporary dress, Houdon's classically draped busts are reminders of the heroic status to which Franklin was raised, even during his lifetime.
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