Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
Plaster in gilded frame
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 )
paper label: on back: "7041"
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.
Gift of the Heirs of Mr. Hall Park McCullough
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.