2013
cast plaster
24″ x 18″ x 12″

This sculpture commemorates the 2012 theft of Jean-Antoine Houdon’s portrait of Benjamin Franklin from a home in the Philadelphia suburbs. The rare plaster bust was taken by Andrea Lawton, a housekeeper who had recently been fired from her position at the home of lawyer George A. D’Angelo. The piece, which had been in D’angelo’s family for generations, is one of three original casts made while Franklin was alive. (The others are kept in the Musee du Louvre and The Philadelphia Museum of Art.) Lawton broke into the house and took the sculpture, wrapping it in a sheet. This plaster cast depicts the bust wrapped in a sheet, imagining the stolen sculpture during Lawton’s flight from the Police.

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