French Sculpture Census

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HOUDON, Jean-Antoine
Versailles, Yvelines 1741 - Paris 1828

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

1778
marble

bust
23 1/8 x 14 1/2 x 11 1/4; H. (without base): 17-1/2
signed: houdon.f./1778

Acc. No. : 72.6
Credit Line : Gift of John Bard, 1872

New York, New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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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