B. Franklin. Dal dipinto sopra smalto di Giacomo Touron, presso il Marchese Girolamo d’Adda in Milano.
Engraving by Carlo Raimondi signed “Raimondi incise” and based upon an eighteenth-century miniature attributed as possibly the work of Jean Baptiste Weyler or Jacques Thouron.
“In one portrait of Franklin, painted when peace was in the making and his long struggle nearly over, the artist has caught in pose and features the emotions of victory, the pride and triumph of the hour. Franklin may have assumed this pose and expression for a moment, although it is inconceivable that he would have held them, even briefly, for an artist. The body is to the front, the head and eyes looking sharply to the right. The hair seems tossed by a sudden motion of the head. A loose white kerchief is knotted at the neck, and the costume no more than a dark supporting mass. It is a quick and vigorous impression of the man. Others had shown him as the patient philosopher. Here patience is cast aside and he is the victor turning to his enemies to give them his terms.” (Sellers, p155)
Description: B. Franklin. Dal dipinto sopra smalto di Giacomo Touron, presso il Marchese Girolamo d’Adda in Milano.
[Milan:] presso Pietro Barelli, Galleria De Cristoforis N. 4., . Chine-collé. Platemark: 7¼ x 5¼ inches. Sheet size: 10¾ x 7½ inches. Toned; album mounting remnant to left-edge of verso.
Not in Weitenkampf. See Sellers, Franklin in Portraiture, pp. 404–407, suggesting the 1850 production date, and Chapter Eight: The Victory Portrait; cf. Plate 34. Mitchell Sale 410.