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Profile Head of Benjamin Franklin
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Profile Head of Benjamin Franklin


Description Exhibitions Provenance Inscription Credit
Description Franklin was a hugely popular figure in Paris. Here the Italian sculptor Nini depicts the American in profile wearing a fur cap that had become associated with him from a portrait by Allan Ramsay, painted it in 1766, and which was well known from engravings.
Exhibitions
  • Portrait Medallions of Jean-Baptiste Nini. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2009-2010.
Provenance William T. / Henry Walters Collection, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest [from 5 West Mt. Vernon Place].
Inscriptions [Signature] NINI F 1777; [Inscription] B. FRANKLIN. .AMERICAIN
Credit Acquired by William T. or Henry Walters

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Period
1777
Medium
terracotta
(Sculpture)
Accession Number
27.421
Measurements
H: 4 3/4 × Diam: 9/16 in. (12 × 1.5 cm)
Geographies
  • Italy (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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