Joseph-Siffred Duplessis
1725 - 1802
French painter, most of whose survivng works are portraits. His portraits of Franklin have been the source for countless works by himself and many copyists. According to Sellers, there are three portraits which can be seen as the source for the countless Duplessis-derived Franklin portraits: the "Fur Collar" portrait, the "Gray Coat" portrait, and Joseph Wright's 1782 portrait derived from the Gray Coat portrait, with several changes.

An active member of the Académie Royale, he suffered because of the political and artistic changes associated with the French Revolution.