Portrait of Benjamin Franklin (Peale), 1789
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Charles Willson Peale (Attributed)
Oil on canvas; H. 36 in. (91.4 cm), W. 27 in. (68.6 cm)
Atwater Kent Museum of Philadelphia, The Historical Society of Pennsylvania Collection (Philadelphia, Pa.), 1852.1
Peale was commissioned by the American Philosophical Society to paint a new portrait of their failing leader. Finding Franklin too ill to sit, Peale copied his 1785 portrait, enlarging it and adding details that emphasized Franklin's great scientific achievement.
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