Benj. Franklin. [Benjamin Franklin Portrait Engraving]
Stipple octagon-shaped engraving signed “N. Cochen del. F. Bolt Sc. 1822” and 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: Benj. Franklin. [Benjamin Franklin Portrait Engraving]
Zwickau: b.d. Geb. Schumann, 1822. Platemark: 7¼ x 4⅞ inches. Sheet size: 9¾ x 7⅞ inches. Scattered foxing; old annotations in pencil to verso.
Not in Weitenkampf. Not in Sellers, Franklin in Portraiture.