Portrait of Benjamin Franklin (Wilson - private), ca. 1771
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Sellers, Charles Coleman, Benjamin Franklin in Portraiture (New Haven: Yale University, 1962) pp. 410-12, not illus.

Owned by Dr. Thomas Bond, though not in his will. Possibly to Edward Duffield. To Duffield's grandson Edward Duffield Ingraham (1793-1854), with an attribution to Benjamin West. Bought by Thomas Hewson Bache, great-grandson of Franklin, at the sale of Ingraham's library in 1855. Bequeathed to Bache's nephew Franklin in 1912, with other Franklin artifacts, on the condition of a payment of $5,500 to the decendant's estate. In Bache's will it is described as "my original Portrait of Dr. Franklin by Benjamin West"; in his estate inventory it is valued at $3000. It descended from Franklin Bache to his son, Charles, and from him to the family of his sister, Louisa Johnston Bache, Mrs. James Manderson Castle II. It was described in Watson's Annals of Philadelphia, 1854, as "a present from Franklin, supposed to have been done by West."
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