Franklin. [Benjamin Franklin Portrait Engraving]

Proof? Portrait engraving by Gustave Lévy (1819–1894), signed “Gravé par Gve. Levy” and showing Franklin thrusting his right hand into the breast of his jacket. To the French, Franklin was the “New World Ambassador” and his fur cap “attracted the attention of the French public, who associated it with a similar hat worn by the philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau.” (Page Talbot, Benjamin Franklin, In Search of a Better World)

Description: Franklin. [Benjamin Franklin Portrait Engraving]

[Paris, ca. 1847–1849?]. Platemark: 11 x 7​⅞ inches. Sheet size: 11¾ x 8¾ inches. Mounting remnant to verso; bottom edge slightly irregular; foxing.


Weitenkampf 226?. Sellers, Franklin in Portraiture, Cf. Plate 43 (“probably an idealized portrait of Jean Jacques Rousseau”). Cf. Mitchell Sale 728–729.

Price: $125.00

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