Dr. Benjamin Franklin. [Benjamin Franklin Portrait Engraving]
Stipple engraving by Peter Maverick (“Engrav’d by P.R. Maverick, 65 Liberty Street”) 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) Maverick’s portrait was used as the frontispiece for the 1798 John Tiebout New York edition of Franklin’s Autobiography, e.g., The Works of the Late Dr. Benjamin Franklin. Consisting of his Life, Written by Himself…..
Description: Dr. Benjamin Franklin. [Benjamin Franklin Portrait Engraving]
[New York. 1798]. Platemark trimmed at top and bottom, overall size: 5¼ x 3⅝ inches. Light foxing and light creases; good only.
Stauffer 2259. Whelan Sale 553. Carson Collection 1317. Mitchell Sale 692–694, noting three states, but clarifying none. Weitenkampf 80. Not in Sellers, Franklin in Portraiture.