Portrait of Benjamin Franklin (Martin/West), before 1793
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Scanned from Sellers, Benjamin Franklin in Portraiture (New Haven: Yale University, 1962). The West copy was based on this portrait.

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Sellers, Charles Coleman, Benjamin Franklin in Portraiture (New Haven: Yale University, 1962) , p. 336-7

Provenance
Sellers believed the painting was commissioned by George Rene Aufrere, the business partner of John Sargent, London banker and friend of Franklin. Aufrere was a Huguenot, a banker, and an MP for Stamford from 1765-1774. He was a connoisseur, collector, and friend of Benjamin West. Sellers proposes that West may have borrowed John Sargent's Martin portrait, and that copies were made either by West or in his studio. This portrait served as the model for the mezzotint of Franklin published by Edward Savage in 1793. It was owned in the family of his descendants until sold at Sotheby's, in the Carlisle Sale, May 6, 1926, when it was purchased by Lord Duveen for ₤3,300. Rockefeller purchased it from Duveen. Bequest of Nelson A. Rockefeller, The National Trust for Historic Preservation at Kykuit. It is at The National Trust for Historic Preservation at Kykuit, Pocantico NY as of August 2016.
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