Portrait bust of Benjamin Franklin (Houdon - Metropolitan), 1778
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Jean-Antoine Houdon
Marble; H. 17 1/2 in. (44.5 cm), H. with base 22 1/2 in. (57.2 cm)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.), 72.6
This bust, signed "houdon f / 1778," is the earlier of the two marble portraits of Franklin, and was probably the version shown at the Paris Salon of 1779.

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