Sketch of Benjamin Franklin (Houdon-Fragonard), ca. 1778
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The sketch is done with a brush, using brown ink and a brown wash, on ivory-colored laid paper. There are also traces of black chalk evident. Franklin's image resembles the portrait bust by Houdon. Inscribed lower left: "B. Franklin". The image is surrounded by a dark brown framing line, approximately 1/8-inch thick. Terms of Use Credits