Portrait medallion of Benjamin Franklin (Gosset), 1766
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Beeswax, support (modern): wood, silk; frame (modern) walnut; Image: height: 1 3/8 in. (3.3 cm), W. 3/4 in. (1.9 cm); frame: H. 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm), W. 5 3/16 in. (13.2 cm), D. 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm)
American Philosophical Society (Philadelphia, Pa.), 1766.0007 (old system 60.S.1)
Small beeswax portraits of prominent figures were a significant feature of English domestic decoration during the 18th century. Because of their fragility, very few have survived.
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