HOUDON, Jean-Antoine

Versailles, Yvelines 1741 - Paris 1828

Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin

model 1779, cast c. 1880

bronze on marble base


Dimensions (HxWxD): H. 21 in.

inscr.: FRANKLIN

Acc. No.: 1943.243

Credit Line: Gift of Albert C. Hooper

Photo credit: Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

© Artist:


  • 1943, don d'Albert C. Hooper


  • 2003 Walker
    Dean Walker, "Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)", in cat. exp. Houdon, 1741-1828, Sculpteur des Lumières, Washington, Los Angeles, Versailles, 2003-2004, p. 256-260

Related works

  • See also terra cotta with same subject by same sculptor in same museum, 60.7.
    Note after visit of Dean Walker, Sculpture Curator from the Philadelphia Museum of Art (2003): definitely derived from the Louvre's terracotta and was created post-1880 at a time when numerous bronzes of that work were cast. Its inscription is characteristic of the Louvre-derived copies.
    Marble in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.