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Image number: RS.13878
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Portrait of Benjamin Franklin

Date

ca. 18th century

Sitter

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American), Politician

Creator

Unknown, Engraver

After

Charles-Nicolas Cochin (1715-1790, French), Printmaker

Object type

Image reference

Material

Technique

Dimensions

height (print): 95mm
width (print): 87mm
height (paper support): 163mm
width (paper support): 125mm

Subject

Description

Head and shoulders portrait of Benjamin Franklin in three-quarter profile to the left as viewed. He wears a fur hat and round spectacles. In an oval frame.

Inscribed ‘BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, L.L.D. F.R.S.’ and pencilled ‘1756’ on paper support.

Benjamin Franklin was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1756.

Provenance: Noted in Catalogue of the prints in the possession of the Royal Society, by Henry George Plimmer FRS (1856-1918), manuscript, p21.

Associated place

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