Dr. Benjn. Franklin. Engraved for the Select Portrait Gallery in the Guide to Knowledge.
Circa 1825 stipple engraving showing Benjamin Franklin with his iconic glasses and coon skin hat; based on Charles Nicolas Cochin’s 1777 portrait. “This was probably the first likeness of Franklin taken after his arrival in France. It was certainly by far the most popular. The Canadian fur cap is worn in sturdy independence of fashionable usage, and the Doctor’s mouth, and the glance through his spectacles, carry out the idea.” (Sellers, Catalogue of the Society’s Exhibition of Portraits of Benjamin Franklin, 373)
Description: Dr. Benjn. Franklin. Engraved for the Select Portrait Gallery in the Guide to Knowledge.
[London: William Cole, ca.1825]. Platemark: 7⅞ x 5¼ inches. Sheet size: 9¾ x 7½ inches. “Plate 4” at lower left. Very good and attractive.