Armchair (English, French style), 1760-1774
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Photo by Peter Harholdt, 2004 (before conservation)

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Exhibitions
"Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World," Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary traveling exhibition, 2005-2008
"An Image of Benjamin Franklin," University Hospital Antiques Show, 1963.
"Benjamin Franklin and his Circle," Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1936.
Related Publications

."An Image of Benjamin Franklin," Catalogue of the University of Pennsylvania Hospital Antiques Show, 1963. The catalogue does not contain detailed object entries; however, the armchair is listed among objects in the Loan Exhibit and visible in a photograph of the installation.

Benjamin Franklin and his Circle: A Catalogue of an Exhibition (New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1936) (notes by R.T.H. Halsey, Joseph Downs, and Marshall Davidson)

Dorman, Charles G, "The Furnishings of Franklin Court, 1765-1790: A Preliminary Study" ( U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, July 1969)

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)

Provenance
The current owner is Independence National Historical Park. The chair was purchased from Edward Fenno Hoffman, III. "[Franklin] gave it to ... Polly Stevenson Hewson, who was a direct ancestor of my husband's [Hoffman's] cousin Miss Frances Bradford, from whom it was inherited. Mrs. Edward F. Hoffman and Mrs. James Bradford were sisters...." (ltr in INHP files). At the time of this writing (2006) it is not certain when the chairs came into Polly Hewson's possession: during Franklin's lifetime or after his death.

INHP notes say descent is to James Francis Bradford; Met catalogue says James S. Bradford. The difference probably represents a typographical error in the Met catalogue, but should be clarified.

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