character: benjamin franklin

Benjamin Franklin (1767). David Martin (Scottish, 1736-1798). Oil on canvas. Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

The Academy’s portrait is a copy of a quick sketch commissioned by Robert Alexander to commemorate Franklin’s success on his behalf in a property dispute. He sits at a cloth-covered table reading one of the disputed deeds. Books resting nearby refer to Franklin’s devotion to education, while the bust of Sir Isaac Newton underscores his interest in science.

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Illustrations done by Howard Pyle for a McClure’s Magazine article called “The Man for the Hour”.  The article is about John Laurens and his trip to France to secure aid in the war.

Top: John Laurens and Benjamin Franklin

Bottom left: John Laurens and Benjamin Franklin

Bottom right: John Laurens presenting his memorial to King Louis XVI

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Founding Fathers History Pickup Lines (in 2012)

Happy Valentine’s Day from your favorite founders.