Portrait of Benjamin Franklin (Wright - PAFA)
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Photo courtesy of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia. Bequest of Mrs. Sarah Harrison (The Joseph Harrison, Jr. Collection). www.pafa.org

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Sellers, Charles Coleman, Benjamin Franklin in Portraiture (New Haven: Yale University, 1962) P. 422, not illustrated.

The first documented owner, and probably the original one, was William Vaughan, a London merchant whose interests were allied to those of Franklin. during Franklin's London years they shared membership in the Royal Society, the Linnaean Society, and the Royal Astronomical Society.
The painting's second owner was the Philadelphian Joseph Harrison, Jr., whose collection helped form that of the PEnnsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Harrison's catalogue listed this portrait as ""No. 56, UNKNOWN. 'Portrait of B. Franklin.' ...Purchased from the late Wm. Vaughan, Esq., London, a conte,porary of Franklin, and always considered by him an original portrait." (p. 6 in the catalogue of Harrison's collection, c. 1870). The portrait was puchased from Harrison's collection for PAFA.
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