Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    1790 "The Apotheosis of Franklin" Memorial Textile. This textile measures 32" x 24" and was printed as a memorial to Franklin on cloth fabric with the ornately printed images of both Washington in his military uniform and Benjamin Franklin in his famous beaver cap. Titled "The Apotheosis of Franklin" it was created in 1790 to honor his death. It is well documented and is also listed on page 51 of Herb Collins' important reference work published by the Smithsonian, Threads of History. It has been stitched to a light backing cloth for better preservation and a few ancient trivial defects have been repaired. The highly decorative design features Washington driving a leopard-drawn chariot, bearing the figure of the Indian Princess of America. Other rare copies of this cloth were known to have been printed in red and blue, but the brown and white version seen here, is found with much less frequency. A few minor stains throughout but overall the condition is excellent and would look impressive as a display piece.

    Shipping, Taxes, Terms and Bidding
    Calculate Standard Domestic Shipping

    Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    October, 2006
    12th-13th Thursday-Friday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 1
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 549

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $9) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 33 days left to consign to the 2018 August 18 Americana & Political - Dallas!

    Learn about consigning with us

    I don’t often do testimonials but in this case I felt truly obligated to thank Heritage Auctions for the extremely professional job your organization did for me.
    Charlie K.,
    Pittsburgh, PA
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2018 May 11 Space Exploration Signature Auction - Dallas
    2018 May 11 Space Exploration Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED SO FAR $1,136,520