Portrait print of Benjamin Franklin (Duplessis/Chevillet), 1778

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The composition of the engraving employs the "porthole" convention, in which the portrait is viewed as though through an opening in a wall, often of stone. In this case, the image of Franklin follows Duplessis' "fur collar" portrait, reversing it so that the subject faces toward the left, rather than right. Franklin is depicted to his waist, wearing a ruffled shirt, a waistcoat and a coat with a fur collar. The space behind him is in shadow. Framing his image is an oval porthole in an unornamented stone or plaster wall, shown as though resting on a projecting surbase. The base is engraved with the name "BENJAMIN FRANKLIN" and the line "Né à Boston dans la nouvelle Angleterre le 17 Janv. 1706." Below is a verse praising Franklin. The original was sent to Franklin by its author, and survives in the Franklin papers at the American Philosophical Society. The work is signed by Duplessis and Chevillet, and described as being drawn from that in the cabinet (collection) of LeRay de Chaumont.

A small drawing of Franklin attributed to Chevillet is in the Princeton University Library, Carl Van Doren Papers.

Multiple examples of this print exist, including ones in the collections of:
Philadelphia Museum of Art (1985-52-4779); National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution (NPG.77.219),and the Musée de la Cooperation Franco-américaine, Blérancourt, France.

Other French prints after Duplessis include one from 1780-1790 in the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art (1997-28-21)

Also, one by Jean-François Janinet in 1789 is in the collections of the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution (NPG.97.10)

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