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BARTLETT, Paul Wayland

New Haven, Connecticut, United States 1865 - Paris 1925

Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin

1913

bronze

statuette

Dimensions (HxWxD): 27 12 x 26 12 x 14 34 in.

signed on the lower right corner of base: Paul W. Bartlett, 1913

Acc. No.: A0582, 49.0415

Credit Line: Gift of Anna Brugh Singer, Olden, Norway, 1949

Photo credit: ph. Washington County Museum of Fine Arts' website

© Artist:


Provenance

  • 1949, Gift of Anna Brugh Singer (1873/78?-1962), Olden, Norway
  • 1949, On the list transport Olden to Washington County Museum, box no. 3, no. 2

Bibliography

  • Museum's website, accessed August 2017
  • 1979 Preszler
    Robert E. Preszler, Washington County Museum of Fine Arts. The Permanent Collection, Hagerstown, 1979, p. 98, n° 49
  • 2006 Schretlen
    Helen Schretlen with a contribution by Jean Woods, Loving Art. The William & Anna Singer Collection, Singer Laren, Zwolle, p.166-167, 211
  • 2008 Johns (et al.)
    Elizabeth Johns, Sarah Cantor, Margaret Dameron, Alan Fern (et al.), One Hundred Stories, Highlights from the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Hagerstown, Maryland, 2008, p. 56-57

Related works

  • Benjamin Franklin, full scale bronze, 1921, Waterbury, Connecticut, Library Plaza, 267 Grand Street.

Comment

  • 2006 Schretlen, p. 156-157:
    (...) The realistic sculpture depicts Franklin seated on a bench, lost in thought, his hat on the ground next to him. During a visit to Bartlett's studio, Singer saw the plaster cast of this statue, which the artist had submitted to a competition for a freedom monument for the city of Philadelphia in 1913. His entry, however, was rejected. Singer asked his friend to make a bronze cast of it, which he bought for his collection.
    1979 Preszler, p. 98:
    (...) [Bartlett's] commissioned statues are much closer to a traditional-classical style than the smaller pieces. Ben Franklin is one of three large Bartlett's (and many cire perdue bronzes) owned by the Museum. A full scale bronze, modeled after the seated figure, was commissioned by Waterbury, Connecticut.