Portrait medallion of Benjamin Franklin (Gosset), 1766
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Photo courtesy of American Philosophical Society

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The portrait is a profile in light brown wax of Franklin as a portly gentleman. He faces viewer's left, with his head, chest and upper arm in low relief. Note that this is more formal presentation than many: his suit jacket is indicated; his neckcloth or stock is merely suggested; he wears a wig rather than flowing hair. The image is on a black silk ground mounted on a wood support. It is placed in a modern rectangular walnut ogee-moulded box frame.

A similar portrait is illustrated by Sellers, and a private owner is cited, with credit also given to the Victoria and Albert Museum. It has not yet (2006) been determined if that ownership is still valid.

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