Benjamin West (Attributed)
Oil on slate; H. 13 1/4 in. (33.6 cm), W. 10 in. (25.4 cm)
Philadelphia Museum of Art (Philadelphia, Pa.), 1956-132-1
This allegorical portrait of Franklin, celebrating his discovery that lightning is natural electricity, is an oil sketch made by West as a study for a [never executed] larger painting. The figure of Franklin is not drawn from life but is based on West's past acquaintance with Franklin.