"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.
Poulet, Anne L., Jean-Antoine Houdon, Sculptor of the Enlightenment (Chicago: University of Chicago, 2003) p. 250.
Sellers, Charles Coleman, Benjamin Franklin in Portraiture (New Haven: Yale University, 1962) pp. 312-313.
According to Athenaeum records, the bust was a gift of the estate of the Boston scholar and historian George Francis Parkman in 1908.