European Painting before 1900, Johnson Collection
Portrait of Benjamin FranklinMade in France, Europe
1778 or 1779
Anne-Rosalie Bocquet Filleul, French, 1752 - 1794
Oil on canvas
2007-13-2Gift of the Honorable Walter H. Annenberg and Leonore Annenberg and the Annenberg Foundation, 2007
LabelFilleul and her husband were on friendly terms with Benjamin Franklin, who may have sat for this portrait as a personal favor. In 1779 Louis Jacques Cathelin (1738-1804) made an engraving after the painting that was published the same year by Filleul's father, Blaise Bocquet. The map on the table is labeled PHILADELPHIA.
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