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Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
Title
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
Date 
1777
Medium 
Plaster in gilded frame
Dimensions 
Overall: 7 7/8 x 6 3/8 x 1 1/8 x 4 5/8 in. ( 20 x 16.2 x 2.9 x 11.7 cm )
Description 
Bas-relief portrait
Credit Line 
Gift of the Heirs of Mr. Hall Park McCullough
Object Number 
1971.126
Marks 
paper label: on back: "7041"
Gallery Label 
Before settling on a final version of Franklin's portrait, Nini experimented with variants that excluded the fur cap or added a liberty cap. This rare plaster medallion is an experimental effort showing Franklin wearing spectacles, a difficult feature to render in a bas-relief. Nini sculpted the bar of the spectacles so it would pass below the eye, in order not to obscure it.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group