B. Franklin, L.L.D. F.R.S. Born at Boston in New England, Jan. 6th 1706. Died at Philadelphia, April 17, 1790.
Lettered around the top and bottom of the oval portrait are the words: “No. V] Massachusetts Magazine [Vol. II.” [AND:] “Eripuit cælo flume; sceptrumque Tyrannis.” [“He snatched the lightning from heaven, and the sceptre from tyrants.”] Based upon the portrait made by the royal Manufacture Nationale at Sèvres between 1778 to 1779.
Description: B. Franklin, L.L.D. F.R.S. Born at Boston in New England, Jan. 6th 1706. Died at Philadelphia, April 17, 1790.
[Boston, 1790]. Platemark: trimmed at lower left, 6¾ x 4½ inches. Sheet size: 8¼ x 5 inches. Laid paper; pale foxing to margins.
For the Sèvres medallions, etc., Cf. Sellers, Franklin in Portraiture, 365 and Plates 12 and 14. Stauffer 1369. Holden Sale 1422. Not in Weitenkampf.