Portrait print of Benjamin Franklin (Filleul/Cathelin), 1779

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Franklin is depicted seated within a window-like aperture in a stone or masonry wall. He is shown from the waist, facing forward, his head turned slightly to his left, his hair to his shoulders. He is shown in casual dress, wearing a shirt open at the neck, a garment wrapped across his chest, and a fur-trimmed dressing gown or banyan. He points with his right hand to a document on a table before him, with "Philadelphie" written in the upper left corner. On the opposite edge of the paper is a pair of spectacles.

Beneath the window opening, as though on a plaque mounted on the wall, is centered the inscription: "BENJAMIN FRANKLIN / Né á Boston le 17 Janvier 1706 / Eripuit coelo fulmen sceptrum que tyrannis" (He seized lightning from the skies, and the scepter from tyrants).

Within the plate mark but beneath the false architectural surface or wall is the inscription: (left) Peint par Madame Filleul; (center) A Paris chez M. Boquet rue Comtesse d'Artois vis-à-vis celle Mauconseil; (right) Gravé par Cathelin, Graveur du Roi.

Multiple original examples of this print exist, including in the collections of:
Philadelphia Museum of Art (1946-51-196)
The Franklin Institute (6287)
Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco

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