Portrait of Benjamin Franklin (Duplessis - NY Public Library), 1778
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Passy, France
Joseph-Siffred Duplessis (Attributed)
Pastel on paper; H. 28 in., W. 23 in.
New York Public Library (New York, NY)
This portrait of Franklin by Duplessis began as the artist's study of his subject, on which to begin a more formal oil portrait. Not only would it help the painter recall specific details of his observation; it would also spare his subject the inconvenience and discomfort of prolonged sittings.
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