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Benjamin Franklin

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About the Model

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


Arts + Humanities


social studies, france, american history, us history, portrait, marble, invention, lightening rod, french history, artist, Houdon, diplomat, politics, inventor, printer, ambassador, founding father


May 26 2022