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

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

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790

Inventor, Politician

Collection Information

Size: 1 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.

Provenance

Lent for microfilming by the American Philosophical Society, 1955.

Location of Originals

  • Originals in the American Philosophical Society

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.