French Sculpture Census

crédits photo : New-York Historical Society
© artiste : public domain

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

Exécutant: Atelier de moulage des musées nationaux

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

exemplaire fin XIXe ou début XXe d'après un modèle de 1778
plâtre patiné terre cuite

dim. totales : 53.3 x 33 x 26.7
inscriptions au centre du revers : Franklin
signé sur son épaule droite : Houdon f. 1778
estampé à l'intérieur du piédouche : ATELIERS MOULAGE/R.F. des MUSEE NATIONAUX

N° d'inv. : 1937.315
Credit Line : Purchase

New York, New York, New-York Historical Society


  • 1937, achat


  • Museum's website, December 16,2012


  • 1992-1993 New York
    Restored Visions: Recently Conserved Paintings from the Collection, New York, New-York Historical Society, November 5, 1992-January 3, 1993


Museum's website, December 16, 2012:
Franklin resided in France from 1776 to 1785 as a representative of the American government. He was a celebrity immediately upon his arrival in Paris, and was portrayed by a number of French artists. In 1778, Houdon produced his first portrait bust of the statesman in plain, modern dress. It was exhibited at the Salon of 1779. The original terracotta is now at the Louvre, and a marble version is at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The N-YHS plaster is one of several replicas that Houdon created after the Louvre terracotta.