Miniature portrait of Benjamin Franklin, 1780
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Photo courtesy of Diplomatic Reception Rooms, U.S. Department of State

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Franklin is depicted in casual dress, with a coat or jacket open, cravat visible, hair tousled. His head and shoulders fill most of an oval. The portrait is enclosed in an oval gold frame with beaded inner and outer borders and a hanging ring at the top. This frame is set within a rectangle of mahogany. Terms of Use Credits