Benjamin Franklin, L.L.D. F.R.S. [Benjamin Franklin Portrait Engraving]
Portrait of Benjamin Franklin by an unknown eighteenth-century engraver that depicts the statesman with his iconic glasses and coon skin hat. This portrait was based on Charles Nicolas Cochin’s 1777 image that 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) A collector has written in light pencil to the bottom margin: “Lady’s Magazine. Good impression.” There is no imprint and no artist or engraver is identified.
Description: Benjamin Franklin, L.L.D. F.R.S. [Benjamin Franklin Portrait Engraving]
[Np: c. 1780s–pre-1790]. Platemark: 6¾ x 4⅛ inches. Sheet size: 8¼ x 4¾ inches. Laid paper. Condition is very good.