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    Revolutionary War: Benjamin Franklin Mezzotint Portrait. 10" x 13.75" mezzotint titled "B. Franklin of Philadelphia. L.L.D. F.R.S." Drawn by James McArdell (1728-1765) after a painting by Benjamin Wilson. Second state of two. The painter, Wilson, was also an experimenter with electricity. He met Franklin soon after his arrival in London and received Franklin commissions to paint family members. Here Franklin is depicted with a book titled "Electric Expts." A static-electricity machine (the glass globe on a table) appears at right. To the rear a bolt of lightning flashes strikes down towards a distant city. Pictured as illustration #57 in Cresswell's "The American Revolution in Drawings and Prints". Good condition with .125" or better margins top and side.

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    February, 2020
    22nd-23rd Saturday-Sunday
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