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Portrait of Benjamin Franklin

Portrait of Benjamin Franklin

Item Information

Title:
Portrait of Benjamin Franklin
Description:
Bust-length portrait of Benjamin Franklin wearing a rust colored coat with fur collar.
Artist:
Duplessis, Joseph-Siffrède, 1725-1802
Date:
1779
Format:
Paintings
Genre:
Oil paintings
Portrait paintings
Location:
Boston Public Library
Fine Arts Department
Collection (local):
Fine Arts Department Collection
Subjects:
Statesmen
Politicians
Diplomats
Founding Fathers of the United States
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790
Extent:
1 painting : oil on canvas ; 76 x 61 cm
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Notes (ownership):
Former owners: Adrien Jarry de Mancy (1796-1862, professor history and professor at Ecole des Beaux Arts); Mme. Barnett, Paris. Purchased by Edward Brooks around 1855.
Notes (acquisition):
Gift; Edward Brooks; 1858
Notes:
In 1896, the Boston Public Library Trustees agreed to loan the work to Ellen M. Tower for an unspecified public exhibition of portraits (Trustees' Records, Jan. 31, 1896, p. 81).
Notes (object):
Gilt frame. Good condition, with evident paint loss around edges where framed. Some crackling and small areas of paint loss in upper half.
Identifier:
06_01_004145