Portrait bust of Benjamin Franklin (Houdon - Nelson-Atkins), 1780
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Photo courtesy of Nelson -Atkins Museum of Art, Photograph by Robert Newcombe

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Jean-Antoine Houdon
marble; H. 22 in. (57.1 cm), W. 22 in. (55.9 cm), D. 13 in. (33 cm)
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (Kansas City, Mo.), Purchase: Nelson Trust 55-76
In this bust, Franklin is presented in the guise of a classical figure draped in a robe, rather than wearing contemporary dress.
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