Portrait bust of Benjamin Franklin (Flaxman, Sr.), 1802
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Courtesy of American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia, PA

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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 - 7/30/06. 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) P. 311, not illus.

Provenance
The bust was a gift of Joseph Sansom, who had obtained it on a tour to Europe. His donor's letter, quoted in Sellers, describes it as "a Cast, in Plaster of Paris, by Flaxman the Elder, of London, after the celebrated Original by Houdon, the first French sculptor of the age." The gift is cited in the Society's minutes of 12/03/1802, 12/17/1802, and 01/21/1803.
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