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Catalog Number 1962.02
Object Name Figurine
Title Figurine of Voltaire
Artist Unknown
Description Metal figurine of standing figure with cane. Attached to circular base, which is inscribed "VOLTAIRE."
Label This statuette of Francois-Marie Arouet de Voltaire may have been modeled after the 18th-century statuette by sculptor Jean-Claude Rosset (du Pont). Rosset lived close to Voltaire and became a good friend of the Enlightenment philosopher. Voltaire believed in the supremacy of reason and wrote treatises against inequality and injustice. He was known for his wit and satire and was very popular with the founding fathers. Benjamin Franklin is known to have taken his grandson, William Temple Franklin, to meet Voltaire.
Medium Bronze
Dimensions H-13.75 W-4.75 inches
Credit line American Philosophical Society. Gift at the bequest of William Ezra Lingelbach, 1962.
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