Portrait of Benjamin Franklin (Wilson-State), ca. 1760
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Diplomatic Reception Rooms, U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C.

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Rollins, Alexandra, ed., Treasures of State: Fine and Decorative Arts in the Diplomatic Reception Rooms of the U.S. Department of State (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1991) Pp. 54-55, illus. Also illus. p. 63.

Sellers, Charles Coleman, Benjamin Franklin in Portraiture (New Haven: Yale University, 1962) pp. 412-413, Pl. 2, illus.

Talbott, Page, ed., Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World (New Haven and London: Yale University, 2005) (companion book to exhibition of same title) P. 143, illus., 353 details.

The painting was in the family of the Earls of Albemarle, possibly from the time of its painting. Admiral Augustus Keppel, second son of the 2nd Earl, was an ardent Whig and friend of Burke, and would be likely to have purchased it from the artist. The work remained at Quiddenham Hall, the family's country seat in Norfolk, until sold at Sotheby's London, February 13, 1946 to Knoedler Galleries. It was acquired by the State Department in 1967.
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