Josiah Wedgwood
1730 - 1795
Wedgwood was founder and proprietor of the Etruria ceramic works, responsible for some of the most influential and widely distributed images of Franklin, during Franklin's lifetime.

His partnership with Thomas Bentley was formed in 1777 and ended with Bentley's death in 1779. Artists whose works were the source for the firm's ceramic depictions of Franklin include Jean Baptiste Nini, William Hackwood, James Tassie, Louis Gosset, and John Flaxman.

Wedgwood was a leading member of The Lunar Society, one of the intellectual groups with whom Franklin associated while in England. He was also an ardent abolitionist, one of the founders of the Society for the Suppression of the Slave Trade, and possibly one of those who galvanized Franklin's opposition to slavery.