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Benjamin Franklin statue

William Zorach1936

Smithsonian's National Postal Museum

Smithsonian's National Postal Museum

The Benjamin Franklin statue, located in the foyer of the National Postal Museum, is an iconic fixture at the museum. It was created by Lithuanian-born artist William Zorach (1887-1966) who immigrated to the United States in 1891 at age four with his family. Growing up in Cleveland, Ohio, he acquired his art education through a lithography apprenticeship and formal study at the Cleveland School of Arts, the National Academy of Design in New York and the La Pallette School in Paris.

The Benjamin Franklin statue is on loan from the Fine Arts Program, U.S. General Services Administration.

Museum ID: 2000.6603.1

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