Portrait bust of Benjamin Franklin (Caffiéri - Royal Soc. of Arts), probably 1777
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Jean-Jacques Caffiéri
Plaster; Overall H. 30 in. (24 in. portrait on 6 in. socle), as recorded in Sellers. Hinton's catalogue notes dimens. as H. of bust itself 20 1/2 in, W. 19 in.
The Royal Society of Arts (London)
In this bust Caffiéri presents the image of Franklin as an icon. Caffiéri was the first French artist to ask Franklin for a sitting, in March 1777; this bust is apparently the earliest image of Franklin to be shown to the French public.
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