American - Benjamin Franklin, late 18th century

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Object details

Accession number

P17e28

Creators

Full title

Benjamin Franklin

Creation Date

late 18th century

Provenance


Entered Isabella Stewart Gardner's collection at an unknown date. 

Dimensions

30 x 24 cm (11 13/16 x 9 7/16 in.)

Display Media

Watercolor on paper

Web Commentary

When the United States observed the centennial of its founding in 1876, many Americans collected images of the  “founding  fathers” including Benjamin Franklin. Isabella was no exception, and she displayed this watercolor in the Short Gallery along side a portrait of Franklin’s friend, George Washington.

Permanent Gallery Location

Short Gallery

Bibliography

Gilbert Wendel Longstreet and Morris Carter. General Catalogue (Boston, 1935), p. 127. (as Benjamin Franklin by an unknown artist, probably late 18th century American or French)  

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Commentary

When the United States observed the centennial of its founding in 1876, many Americans collected images of the  “founding  fathers” including Benjamin Franklin. Isabella was no exception, and she displayed this watercolor in the Short Gallery along side a portrait of Franklin’s friend, George Washington.