Selected art related letters from the Benjamin Franklin papers, 1766-1789

Franklin, Benjamin, b. 1706 d. 1790
Politician, Inventor
Active in New York, N.Y.

Collection size: 1 partial microfilm reel

Collection Summary: Letters to Benjamin Franklin from artists or about art related subjects, including busts, engravings, and portraits of Franklin. Among the correspondents are: Jacob W. Duche, William Temple Franklin, Jean Antonine Houdon, John Jay, Samuel Jennings, Thomas Potts, David Rittenhouse, Philip Syng, John Trumbull, Benjamin West, and Patience Wright. Also included are letters to William Temple Franklin from Jean Jacques Caffieri, Jean Antonine Houdon, and Joseph Wright.

Lent for microfilming by the American Philosophical Society, 1955.

How to Use this Collection

  • Microfilm reel P37 (fr. 506-543) available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
  • The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
  • For more information on using the Archives’ resources, see the FAQ or Ask Us.