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.


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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