Portrait of Benjamin Franklin (Wilson - private), ca. 1771
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Benjamin Wilson (Attributed)
Oil on canvas; Framed H. 36 1/4 in., W. 30 1/2 in.; Unframed H. 28 1/2 in., W. 23 1/2 in.
David A Schorsch - Eileen M. Smiles (Woodbury, Connecticut)
Franklin had commissioned from Benjamin Wilson a copy of his portrait, to be sent to Philadelphia as a gift for his friend, Dr. Thomas Bond. When Franklin returned to Philadelphia, he observed that the painting's surface had developed craquelure. Wilson painted a replacement one, and the damaged one was returned to him in London.
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