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Artist:
Edward Fisher, 1722 - 1785  Search this
Copy after:
Mason Chamberlin, 1727 - 1787  Search this
Sitter:
Benjamin Franklin, 17 Jan 1706 - 17 Apr 1790  Search this
Medium:
Mezzotint on paper
Dimensions:
Image: 34.9 x 27.7cm (13 3/4 x 10 7/8")
Sheet: 39.4 x 27.9cm (15 1/2 x 11")
Mat: 71.1 x 55.9cm (28 x 22")
Type:
Print
Date:
1763
Exhibition Label:
Born Boston, Massachusetts
This engraving was Franklin’s favorite likeness of himself during the 1760s. It was based on a painting made while he was in London in 1762 that emphasized his electrical experiments and inventions. He sent impressions to friends and colleagues, and his son William Franklin ordered at least one hundred, many of which were sold in Philadelphia. Franklin clearly understood the role of portraiture in securing one’s public reputation, and distributed this likeness widely.
Topic:
Printed Material\Document  Search this
Interior\Interior with Exterior View  Search this
Equipment\Drafting & Writing Implements\Writing implement\Pen\Quill  Search this
Equipment\Laboratory Equipment  Search this
Nature & Environment\Storm  Search this
Benjamin Franklin: Male  Search this
Benjamin Franklin: Literature\Writer  Search this
Benjamin Franklin: Politics and Government\Statesman\Colonial Statesman  Search this
Benjamin Franklin: Politics and Government\Congressman\Continental  Search this
Benjamin Franklin: Politics and Government\Statesman\Colonial Statesman\Signer of Declaration  Search this
Benjamin Franklin: Science and Technology\Scientist  Search this
Benjamin Franklin: Politics and Government\Diplomat  Search this
Benjamin Franklin: Society and Social Change\Philanthropist  Search this
Benjamin Franklin: Science and Technology\Inventor  Search this
Benjamin Franklin: Crafts and Trades\Craftsman\Printer  Search this
Benjamin Franklin: Politics and Government\Government Official\Postmaster  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.70.66
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.70.66