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.