Benjamin Franklin. [Benjamin Franklin Portrait Engraving]
Stipple engraved portrait of Benjamin Franklin by Lambert Antoine Claessens, signed “L.A. Claessens, sculp.” The statesman is seen 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)
Description: Benjamin Franklin. [Benjamin Franklin Portrait Engraving]
[Np: 1780–1810]. Laid paper. Overall size: 7¾ x 4⅝ inches. Mounting remnant to verso; light foxing; very good.
Grolier, Franklin 31. Whelan Sale 548. Carson Collection 1295. Mitchell Sale 684. Not in Weitenkampf. Not in Sellers, Franklin in Portraiture. Publication date supplied by the British Museum.