Portrait of Benjamin Franklin

Anne-Rosalie Bocquet Filleul, French, 1752 - 1794

Made in France, Europe

1778 or 1779

Oil on canvas

35 7/8 x 28 1/2 inches (91.1 x 72.4 cm) Framed: 38 1/2 x 34 1/2 x 5 inches (97.8 x 87.6 x 12.7 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of the Honorable Walter H. Annenberg and Leonore Annenberg and the Annenberg Foundation, 2007

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Filleul 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.