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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"Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World," Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary traveling exhibition, 2005-2008
Related Publications

Schiff, Stacy, A Great Improvisation : Franklin, France, and the Birth of America, (New York : Henry Holt & Co., 2005) Included among the objects on p. 142, and mentioned in the caption.

Sellers, Charles Coleman, Benjamin Franklin in Portraiture (New Haven: Yale University, 1962)

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)

Winegrad, Dilys Pegler, ed., The Intellectual World of Benjamin Franklin: An American Encyclopaedist, at the University of Pennsylvania, an exhibition catalogue (Philadelphia: Smith-Edwards-Dunlap, 1990).

Georgiana Shipley, one of the daughters of Jonathan Shipley, the Anglican Bishop of St. Asaph, was an educated young woman in Franklin's circle. Correspondence between them exists, when he was serving in France, documenting her request for an image of him, and of her delight in receiving the snuffbox. The attribution to the artist François Dumont is based on an entry in Franklin's cash book dated September 4, 1779, citing the payment of 8 Louis to "M. Dumont for the Miniature for Miss Shipley in England." The artist created his image based on Duplessis' "gray coat" portrait of Franklin.

It remained in her family until the middle of the 20th century. Terms of Use Credits