Print with portrait of Benjamin Franklin: Le Docteur Francklin couronné par la Liberté, 1778
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Collection of Stuart E. Karu. Photo by Peter Harholdt, 2004

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Example owned by Stuart E. Karu: "Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World," Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary traveling exhibition, 2005-2008
Related Publications

Ambler, Louise Todd, Benjamin Franklin: A Perspective (Cambridge: Harvard University, Fogg Art Museum, 1975)

Schiff, Stacy, A Great Improvisation : Franklin, France, and the Birth of America, (New York : Henry Holt & Co., 2005) The print is illustrated between pp. 300 and 301; the artist is identified in a caption. The owner is identified at the end of the text as the Franklin Collection at Yale University Library.

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, Benjamin Franklin in Portraiture (New Haven: Yale University, 1962) pp. 284 - 286, Pl. 17.

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)

According to Saint-Non, he demonstrated the etching process to Franklin using this print as an example.

In 1779, Franklin aided William Bache by arranging for copies of the print to be made available for him to sell. This impression is possibly one from that number, and may be among the initial group owned by Franklin. On his death, his papers were removed to "Champlost," the country estate of a friend, George Fox. William Temple Franklin intended to edit and write an updated edition of his grandfather's autobiography, but died in 1828, without having done so. The papers were given to Fox formally. He, in turn, bequeathed them to his children, Charles Pemberton Fox and Mary Fox. They donated the bulk of them to the American Philosophical Society, an institution founded by Franklin. Some things remained with them, and it is likely that this image was among them. It was given by Miss Fox to her cousin, John Meredith Read, Jr. On the reverse, an inscription dated October 1868, and signed by Read, gives its descent from Franklin in Paris to Mary Fox's father and thence to him, with some few factual inaccuracies. The current owner of the print, the William L. Clements Library, acquired it in 1948 from the Charles F. Heartman Collection, with a copy of the cartoon, "The D___L and Dr. D__E" (The Devil and Dr. Dove), which has the same history of ownership.

A copy of the print is owned by many institutions, among them the National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C. (NPG.97.142), and the White House. Terms of Use Credits