Snuffbox with portrait of Benjamin Franklin, 1779
Photo by Peter Harholdt, 2004
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Photo by Peter Harholdt, 2004

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Miniature circular image of Franklin's head and shoulders, painted in watercolor on ivory, and set onto the lid of a circular tortoiseshell snuffbox. The colors are faded, but it is still evident that Franklin's hair is gray-brown, and the background is olive-brown. The miniature is framed with a simple ovolo moulding of gold. The simple cylindrical tortoiseshell box is the diameter of the miniature and its frame. Terms of Use Credits