Portrait bust of Benjamin Franklin (Caffieri - AKM/HSP)
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Provenance
The bust is recorded as having been given to the HSP by Oliver Hopkinson, son of Joseph Hopkinson and grandson of Francis Hopkinson. Oliver is believed to have inherited it from his father, though that has not been substantiated. It has also been suggested that the bust may have been associated with émigré connoisseur Joseph Bonaparte, who was a client of Joseph Hopkinson's. This is not documented, however, and remains speculation.
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