Portrait of Benjamin Franklin

Designed and engraved by Charles Willson Peale (American, Chester, Maryland 1741–1827 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Benjamin Franklin (American, 1706–1790)
Mezzotint on tan paper
plate: 6 5/16 x 5 11/16 in. (16.1 x 14.4 cm)
sheet: 7 7/8 x 7 in. (20 x 17.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Samuel P. Avery, 1894
Accession Number:
Not on view
Inscription: 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"
Samuel Putnam Avery Sr.; Donor: Samuel Putnam Avery Sr. (American)
Stauffer 2423
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 in text introducing later copies, nos. 209-212.

David McNeeley Stauffer, Mantle Fielding, Thomas Hovey Gage American Engravers upon Copper and Steel. 1994, cat. no. 2423.