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Benjamin Franklin
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Benjamin Franklin

This bust, sculpted by Houdon, captures Benjamin Franklin's somewhat sly persona. He is sculpted in a contemporary American dress. During his time in France, Franklin's natural unpowdered hair, simple Quaker suits, and benign wit were a sharp contrast to the French elite. Artist: Jean Antoine Houdon; Medium: marble; Scanned by: Budmen Industries at The Met

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