Claude Louis Desrais

Benjamin Franklin. Ne a Boston dans la Nouvelle Angleterre, le 17 Janvier 1706.

Engraving, c. 1780.
Image size 6 3/8 x 4 3/8".(16.3 x 11.1 cm)
Generally good condition. Discoloration in the image, trimmed close along lower edge with some loss of artist and engraver line.
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 86804
Price: $200.00
Publisher : A Paris ches Esnauts et Rapilly, rue St. Jaques a la Ville de Coutamces. A. P. D. R."
Engraved by Pierre Adrien Le Beau. A bust portrait of Benjamin Franklin, set in an oval frame- a ribbon tied in a bow ornaments the top of the oval. A larger rectangular border holds the oval and title. This is a variation of the Cochin portrait, altered to accord with the subject’s new ambassadorial dignity. Franklin is now depicted without spectacles, in a fur-lined satin dressing gown and a lace frilled shirt. The fur-trapper hat has been replaced with a more dignified and stylish cap, lightly trimmed with fur.

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) is considered one of America's greatest founding fathers. A highly intelligent man, Franklin was an able scientist, writer, printer and publisher. He was one of the most successful diplomats that the United States ever had. During the Revolutionary War, he acted as American Minister to France, successfully gaining French support for the American cause. He was also the only person who signed all four of the key documents in American history: The Declaration of Independence; The Treaty of Alliance with France; The Treaty of Peace with Great Britain; and The Constitution of the United States.
18th-19th Century Subjects , Portraits , Revolutionary War Figures