Portrait of Benjamin Franklin (Duplessis - NY Public Library), 1778
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Sellers, Charles Coleman, Benjamin Franklin in Portraiture (New Haven: Yale University, 1962) pp. 264-67; Pl. 25.

Provenance
Given to Franklin by Duplessis when the oil was completed. Given by Franklin to the Mayor of Passy on Franklin's departure from France in 1785. That owner was guillotined in 1794; the portrait remained in his family papers until the death of his daughter in 1834. Inherited by a cousin, M. de Sénarmont, and passed to his heirs. Bought by John Bigelow, Consul General and Minister from the US to France, in 1867. Given by Bigelow to the New York Public Library in 1908, as a gift on the opening of their new building (now a New York landmark structure).
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