Allegorical print: "Eripuit Coelo Fulmen Sceptrumque Tirannis / Au GENIE De FRANKLIN", 1778
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Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Marguerite Gérard
Ink on paper; H. 19 in., W. 14 1/2 in.
Philadelphia Museum of Art (Philadelphia, Pa.)
This allegorical print illustrates the description of Franklin attributed to the French finance minister Turgot: "He seized lightning from the heavens and the scepter from tyrants." It is dedicated "To the Genius of Franklin." Terms of Use Credits