Designed and engraved by Charles Willson Peale (American, Chester, Maryland 1741–1827 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Benjamin Franklin (American, 1706–1790)
Mezzotint on tan paper
sheet (trimmed to plate): 6 3/8 x 5 1/8 in. (16.2 x 13 cm)
Bequest of Charles Allen Munn, 1924
Not on view
Inscription: Inscribed in plate, in inner frame: "C. W. Peale pinxt et fecit. 1787"; around portrait: "His Excellency B. Franklin L.L.D. F. R.S. President of Pennsylvania & Late Minister of the United States of America at the Court of France"
Charles Allen Munn (American, 1859-1924), acquired April 1920; Donor: Charles Allen Munn
The Grolier Club Catalogue of an Exhibition Commemorating the Two Hundreth Anniversary of the Birth of Benjamin Franklin at the Grolier Club of the City of New York. New York, January 1906, cat. no. 272, p. 55.
Frank Weitenkampf "List of Works Relating to Benjamin Franklin: Portraits." Bulletin of the New York Public Library. vol. 10, no. 1, New York, January 1906, mentions this print, p. 74, introducing later copies, nos. 209-212.
James Biddle American Art from American Collections: Decorative Arts, Paintings, and Prints of the Colonial and Federal Periods, from Private Collections. Ex. cat, Metropolitan Museum of Art, March 6 to April 28. 1963, Lent by J. William Middendorf II, cat. no. 219, p. 100.
E. P. Richardson "Charles WIllson Peale's Engravings in the Year of National Crisis, 1787" Wintherthur Portfolio. vol. I, 1964, p. 170.
David McNeeley Stauffer, Mantle Fielding, Thomas Hovey Gage American Engravers upon Copper and Steel. 1994, vol. II, p. 400, no. 2423.