Oil on canvas; Stretcher size: H. 50 3/8 in. (128.2 cm), W. 40 3/4 in. (103.5 cm); framed: H. 66 in. (167.5 cm), W. 58 in. (147.5 cm)
Philadelphia Museum of Art (Philadelphia, Pa.), 1956-88-1
This perceptive portrait shows us the first public face of Franklin. It is the man the English world first knew: the scientist who studied and mastered electricity. It was commissioned by Franklin's Virginia friend, Philip Ludwell III, to be hung in Ludwell's English home.