Portrait of Benjamin Franklin (Duplessis/Lavoisier), 1787-1788
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"Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World," Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary traveling exhibition, 2005-2008
Related Publications

Sellers, Charles Coleman, Benjamin Franklin in Portraiture (New Haven: Yale University, 1962)

The painting was sent by Mme Lavoisier to Franklin in Philadelphia, probably in 1788. A letter from him (October 23, 1788) survives, thanking her. The painting descended to Sarah Franklin Bache; to her son, William; to his wife, Catherine Wistar Bache. "The portrait was inherited by Catherine Wistar Bache, sister of Sarah Bache Hodge - at her death it was found unframed in the attic & was inherited by her nephew Alexander Hodge, then to his daughter Sarah Bache Hodge & then to Marly Hunter Stockton." (letter, Katharine Stockton Miles, October 1953). It was inherited jointly by the above Katharine Stockton Miles and her sister, Annis Stockton. It is still owned in Franklin's family.
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