Benjamin Franklin, L.L.D. F.R.S. One of the American Plenipotentiaries at the Court of France. Engraved for Murray’s History of the American War.
Portrait of Benjamin Franklin engraved by Robert Pollard (“Pollard sculp.”). Here, the statesman is shown without his iconic glasses, but with his 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 [not seen in this adaptation], carry out the idea.” (Sellers, Catalogue of the Society’s Exhibition of Portraits of Benjamin Franklin, 373)
Description: Benjamin Franklin, L.L.D. F.R.S. One of the American Plenipotentiaries at the Court of France. Engraved for Murray’s History of the American War.
Newcastle upon Tyne: Printed for T. Robson, [1778–1780]. Laid paper. Platemark: 6⅞ x 4⅛ inches. Sheet size: 8 x 4⅞ inches. Condition is very good.
Whelan Sale 554. Carson Collection 1318. Mitchell Sale 690. Weitenkampf 82. Not in Sellers, Franklin in Portraiture.