Miniature portrait of Benjamin Franklin (Dixon), 1757
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Sellers, Charles Coleman, "Catalogue of the Society's Exhibition of Portraits of Benjamin Franklin, January 17-April 20, 1956" (Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society, 100, no. 4, August 1956, p. 370)

Sellers, Charles Coleman, "Jane Mecom's Little Picture," Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society, Vol. 99, no. 6 (December 1955), pp. 433-35.

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

The miniature was sent from London to Deborah Franklin in Philadelphia, with the request that she send it on to Jane Mecom, Franklin's sister in Boston. The portrait appears to have been given during Mrs. Mecom's lifetime to her daughter, Sarah (Mrs. William) Flagg, of Boston. She, in turn, appears to have given the portrait during her lifetime to her cousin, Franklin Greene, of Rhode Island. The portrait passed to his daughter, Emily, and from her to Dr. Franklin Greene Balch, her nephew. He loaned it to the Museum of Fine Arts in 1899, and converted the loan to a gift in 1943. Terms of Use Credits