RUSH, William
(b. 1756, Philadelphia, d. 1833, Philadelphia)

Bust of Benjamin Franklin

c. 1800
Wood, height 53,5 cm
Yale University, New Haven

There was no sculptural tradition in the United States of America in the last decades of the eighteenth century. It is not surprising that the first significant commission - the monument to George Washington - was given to French artist, the sculptor Houdon. Local masters emerged from the American folk art of figurehead-carving and produced mainly wood sculptures.