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

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790

Politician, Inventor


Collection Information

Size: 1 Item, partial microfilm reel

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.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Originals in the American Philosophical Society

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reel P37 (fr. 506-543) available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.

How to Cite This Collection

Selected art related letters from the Benjamin Franklin papers, 1766-1789. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.