Title: Benjamin Franklin
Date: 1851–73
Artist: Hiram Powers
American, 1805–1873
Medium: marble
18 x 12 1/2 x 10 in. (45.7 x 31.8 x 25.4 cm)
weight: 48.2 lb. (21.9 kg)
Credit Line: Gift of Judge and Mrs. Orville Richardson in memory of his parents, Minnie Willcott and Frederick Henry Richardson
Object Number: 157:1973
Current Location: Not On View
Hiram Powers was an American sculptor who began his professional career by making likenesses of important political figures. Among his most popular subjects was Benjamin Franklin, whose likeness Powers first carved as early as 1844. Like many of America's young sculptors at the time, Powers modeled his work after Franklin's authoritative sculpture made by the French sculptor Jean-Antonine Houdon.
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