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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Unidentified Artist
After Joseph Siffred Duplessis, French (Carpentras, France 1725 - 1802 Versailles, France)
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), after Joseph-Siffred Duplessis (1725-1802)
Work Type
c. 1860-1875
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Oil on canvas
76.5 x 63.5 cm (30 1/8 x 25 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • plaque: Gift of/ PALMER E PRESBREY/ CLASS of 1885
Palmer E. Presbrey, Boston, MA; to Miss Ruth C. Presbrey, Boston, MA; her gift in memory of her brother, 1936.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard University Portrait Collection, Bequest of Palmer E. Presbrey, for display in Widener Library, 1936
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

Laura M. Huntsinger, Harvard Portraits: A Catalogue of Portrait Paintings at Harvard University, ed. Alan Burroughs, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA, 1936), p. 60

Official Register of Harvard University, Issue Containing the Report of the President of Harvard College and Reports of Departments for 1935-36, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA, March 22, 1937), p. 286

Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr. and Melissa Renn, American Paintings at Harvard, Volume One: Paintings, Watercolors, and Pastels by Artists Born before 1826, Yale University Press (U.S.) and Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge and New Haven, 2014), pp. 491-92, cat. 456, ill.

Exhibition History

Early Science: Smith and Harvard. Innovations, Instruments, Documents., Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, 02/03/1971 - 03/19/1971

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