This bronze statue depicts a youthful rendition of Benjamin Franklin. In his left hand is a long wooden stick which he uses as a walking stick. In his right hand he carries a bag. He also wears a scarf, classic coat, and hat. The base of the sculpture is inscribed "Youthful Franklin." This is a detailed rendition of a walking Franklin in a three-quarter pose. The sculpture was cast using the "Lost Wax Method" and is mounted on a marble base.
Benjamin Franklin (1706 -1790) was a leading political theorist, politician, scientist, and civic activist. He was a major figure in the American Enlightenment and notably recognized for his discoveries and theories regarding electricity. He invented mant things such as the lightning rod, bifocals, and the Franklin stove. He also formed the first public lending library in America and the first fire department in Pennsylvania.
Franklin was influential in advocating for American values including hard work, education, community spirit, self-governing institutions, and opposition to political and religious authoritarianism. Henry Steele Commager noted, "In Franklin could be merged the virtues of Puritanism without its defects, the illumination of the Enlightenment without its heat." According to Walter Isaacson, Franklin was notably, "the most accomplished American of his age and the most influential in inventing the type of society America would become."
Sculpture is in a very good condition. No noticeable scratches or scuffs. Bronze on a marble base.
Dimensions: 9 1/2" H x 4" W.