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HOUDON, Jean-Antoine

Versailles, Yvelines 1741 - Paris 1828

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

1778

marble

bust

Dimensions (HxWxD): 23 18 x 14 12 x 11 14; H. (without base): 17-12 in.

signed: houdon.f. / 1778

Acc. No.: 72.6

Credit Line: Gift of John Bard, 1872

Photo credit: www.metmuseum.org, August 11, 2011

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Provenance

  • Jean-Antoine Houdon
  • left by Houdon with Robert Edge Pine
  • possibly by 1785 and in 1802, Pierre Samuel Dupont de Nemours
  • possibly Eleuthère Irénée du Pont
  • possibly Nicholas Cruger, or his daughter-in-law, Catharine Church
  • her husband, Betram Peter Cruger
  • by 1836, their son, John Church Cruger, New York
  • his son and daughter-in-law, Dr. and Mrs. Samuel Bard, New York
  • until 1872, their son, John Bard
  • 1872, Gift of John Bard