Portrait of Benjamin Franklin (Filleul), 1778 or 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, National Constitution Center, 2005-2006
Related Publications

Lopez, Claude-Anne, Mon Cher Papa: Franklin and the Ladies of Paris (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1966) P. 227 - 229, illus. p.230.

Sellers, Charles Coleman, Benjamin Franklin in Portraiture (New Haven: Yale University, 1962) Pp. 282 - 282, Pl. 23.

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) P. 238 - 239, Fig. 7.3.

Painted by Anne Rosalie Bocquet Filleul, at the request of her father, Blaise Bocquet. Bocquet, owner of a Paris shop, commissioned an engraving of the portrait by Louis Cathelin. According to Sellers, it is listed in a 1793 inventory of contents of a property made by the revolutionary government, possibly at the time that Filleul was being investigated for having stolen state property from the chateau of La Muette, of which she had been concierge. The portrait remained in the hands of descendants of the family until the 20th century. Formerly owned by Mr. & Mrs. Walter Annenberg.
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