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Benjamin Franklin

Augustin de Saint-Aubin, French, 1736 - 1807. After a drawing by Charles-Nicolas Cochin the Younger, French, 1715 - 1790. Published by Cochin, rue St. Jacques, vis à vis les Mathurins.

Published in Paris, France, Europe



Plate: 8 1/8 x 5 7/8 inches (20.6 x 14.9 cm) Sheet: 10 7/16 x 7 5/8 inches (26.5 x 19.4 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

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Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. John D. Rockefeller, Jr., 1946

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The publication of this image, one of the earliest to appear after Benjamin Franklin's arrival in Paris, was mentioned in French newspapers in the summer of 1777; the portrait was quickly copied in other mediums. Cochin's subtle rendering-showing Franklin glancing to one side with his head slightly turned, his mouth about to open-may have influenced Houdon's later portrayal.

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