Allegorical print with portrait of Benjamin Franklin: L'Amérique Indépendante, 1778-1779
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Paris
Antoine Borel, Jean Charles Le Vasseur
Engraving; H. 17 in., W. 13 3/4 in.
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution (Washington, D.C.), NPG.78.74
Historical, allegorical and literary prints such as this were significant decorative devices in the interiors of many 18th-century homes. They were also used to signal the interests or political inclinations of their owners.
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