Snuffbox with portrait print of Franklin, Voltaire, and Rousseau, late 18th century (after 1790)
Photo by Peter Harholdt, 2004
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Photo by Peter Harholdt, 2004

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Horn, satinwood, gilt, engraving on paper, and glass; H. 1 in. (2.5 cm), Diam. 3 in. (7.5 cm)
Collection of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, Pa.)
For many in France, Franklin attained a stature that equaled their cultural icons Rousseau and Voltaire. When he died in 1790, he joined them in a kind of triumvirate: three sacred advocates of liberty.
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