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Portrait of Benjamin Franklin

Portrait of Benjamin Franklin

After Louis de Carmontelle (French, Paris 1717–1806 Paris)

Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin

Probably François Marie Suzanne (French, active 1751–1802)

Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin

Medalist: Jean-Baptiste Nini (Italian, Urbino 1717–1786 Chaumont-sur-Loire)

Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin

Medalist: Jean-Baptiste Nini (Italian, Urbino 1717–1786 Chaumont-sur-Loire)

Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin

Medalist: Jean-Baptiste Nini (Italian, Urbino 1717–1786 Chaumont-sur-Loire)

The election, a medley, humbly inscribed to Squire Lilliput, professor of scurrility

The election, a medley, humbly inscribed to Squire Lilliput, professor...

Cartoon shows the old courthouse in Philadelphia during the October 1, 1764 election where a line of men wait at the steps on the right to enter the courthouse and cast their votes; in the foreground, many men,... more

[Diagrams of various electrical phenomena and title page of Experiments and observations on electricity]

[Diagrams of various electrical phenomena and title page of Experiment...

Frontispiece and title page in: Experiments and observations of electricity / Benjamin Franklin. London : Printed for F. Newbery, 1774. Published in: The tradition of science / Leonard C. Bruno. Washington, D.C... more

Profile Bust of Benjamin Franklin

Profile Bust of Benjamin Franklin

Attributed to Patience Wright (1725–1786)

The American Crisis. by the author of Common Sense [Thomas Paine] "These are the times that try men's souls: the summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country..."

The American Crisis. by the author of Common Sense [Thomas Paine] "The...

Written in Dec. 1776. Reference copy may be in LOT 4412 DB This record contains unverified, old data from caption card. Caption card tracings: US Hist. Rev.; Broadsides [1776]; BI WORKS; RBD; Shelf.

[Title page of "Thoughts on Government" by John Adams, 1776]

[Title page of "Thoughts on Government" by John Adams, 1776]

Illus. in: "Thoughts on Government" by John Adams, 1776 This record contains unverified, old data from caption card. Caption card tracings: Pres I.; RBD; Shelf.

Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin

After Jean-Baptiste Greuze (French, Tournus 1725–1805 Paris) Made in France

Benjamin Franklin (1706–1790), after a Painting by Greuze of 1777

Benjamin Franklin (1706–1790), after a Painting by Greuze of 1777

Charles Paul Jérôme de Bréa (French, ca. 1739–1820)

Portrait of Benjamin Franklin

Portrait of Benjamin Franklin

Augustin de Saint-Aubin (French, Paris 1736–1807 Paris)

Dr. Beniamin [i.e., Benjamin] Franklin gebohrn zu Boston den 17 Janü. 1706

Dr. Beniamin [i.e., Benjamin] Franklin gebohrn zu Boston den 17 Janü. ...

Print shows Benjamin Franklin, half-length portrait, facing slightly right, wearing fur hat, holding book, in oval. Title from item. Illus. in: Geschichte der kriege in und ausser Europa / Christoph Heinrich Ko... more

Medallion of Benjamin Franklin

Medallion of Benjamin Franklin

Jean-Baptiste Nini (Italian, Urbino 1717–1786 Chaumont-sur-Loire) Made in France

Samuel Adams, esqr. One of the delegates from the province of Massachusetts-Bay to the general continental congress of North America.

Samuel Adams, esqr. One of the delegates from the province of Massachu...

Samuel Adams, full-length portrait, seated by window, facing slightly left.

Benjamin Franklin L.L.D. - envoy from the American Congress to the French Court

Benjamin Franklin L.L.D. - envoy from the American Congress to the Fre...

Print shows Benjamin Franklin, three-quarter length portrait, seated at desk, facing right with left arm resting on arm of chair. Title from item. Illus. in: An impartial history of the war in America, between ... more

Benjamin Franklin - né à Boston dans la Nouvelle Angleterre, le 17 Janvier 1706 / Desrayes del ; le Beau scul.

Benjamin Franklin - né à Boston dans la Nouvelle Angleterre, le 17 Jan...

Print shows Benjamin Franklin, head-and-shoulders portrait, wearing fur hat, without spectacles, facing left, in oval tied with a ribbon at top, on base in frame with title plate. Title from item. No. 1515. Ref... more

Portrait Panel of Benjamin Franklin

Portrait Panel of Benjamin Franklin

Probably made in Germany

Benjamin Franklin L.L.D. F.R.S. - one of the American plenipotentiaries at the Court of France / Pollard sculp.

Benjamin Franklin L.L.D. F.R.S. - one of the American plenipotentiarie...

Print shows Benjamin Franklin, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing left, without spectacles, wearing fur cap, in oval. Title from item. After a portrait by Cochin. Illus. in: An impartial history of the present... more

Benjamin Franklin, né à Boston le 17 janvier 1706 - eripuit cœlo fulmen sceptrum que tyrannis / peint par Madame Filleul ; gravé par Cahtelin, Graveur du Roi.

Benjamin Franklin, né à Boston le 17 janvier 1706 - eripuit cœlo fulme...

Benjamin Franklin, half-length portrait, seated at table, facing front; map and his spectacles are on the table.

B. Franklin, L.L.D. F.R.S. - ambassador from the Congress of America to the Court of France / J. Norman sc.

B. Franklin, L.L.D. F.R.S. - ambassador from the Congress of America t...

Print shows Benjamin Franklin, head-and-shoulders portrait, left profile, in oval. Title from item. After the medal by the Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres in 1778. Illus. in: An impartial history of the war in ... more

Benjamin Franklin / J. Pelicier sculp. 1782.

Benjamin Franklin / J. Pelicier sculp. 1782.

Print shows Benjamin Franklin, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing slightly left, wearing fur collar, in oval draped with foliage on pedestal with books, map, eagles, storm clouds and lightning, and with "VIR" ... more

Experience du globe aerostatique du MM. Charles et Robert au Jardin des Thuileries le 1er decembre 1783

Experience du globe aerostatique du MM. Charles et Robert au Jardin de...

Print shows Jacques Alexandre César Charles and Marie-Noël Robert riding in the gondola of a balloon ascending from the Tuileries Garden, Paris, France, December 1, 1783 in the first hydrogen balloon flight. (... more

Globe aërostatique. Dédié à Monsieur Charles. Cette machine est representé ici s'élevant pour la seconde fois au milieu de la Praïrie de Nesle, ou il venoit de descendre, accompagné de Mr. Robert ... / Desrais, del. ; Denis, sculp.

Globe aërostatique. Dédié à Monsieur Charles. Cette machine est repres...

Jacques Alexandre César Charles departs Nesle, France after the landing of the first hydrogen balloon flight from Paris on December 1, 1783. Marie-Nöel Robert (on the ground at left), who accompanied Charles o... more

Exp[é]rience a[ë]rostatique faite Versailles le 19 sept. 1783

Exp[é]rience a[ë]rostatique faite Versailles le 19 sept. 1783

Vue d'optique shows the balloon launched by the Montgolfier brothers ascending from the Palace of Versailles, France, before the royal family, September 19, 1783. A sheep, a duck and a rooster were the only pa... more

Experience de la machine areostatique

Experience de la machine areostatique

Vue d'optique shows the Montgolfier brothers' balloon, "The Globe," ascending from Champ de Mars, Paris, France, August 27, 1783. Caption (French): Experience de la machine aréostatique de Mrs. de Montgolfier d... more

Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin

Medalist: Augustin Dupré (French, Saint-Étienne 1748–1833 Armentières-en-Brie)

Dr. Franklin erhält, als Gesandter des Americanischen FreyStaats, seine erste Audienz in Frankreich, zu Versailles, am 20ten Märtz 1778 / D. Chodowiecki del. et sculp.

Dr. Franklin erhält, als Gesandter des Americanischen FreyStaats, sein...

Print shows Benjamin Franklin at the French court in Versailles, one of twelve scenes depicting the history of the American Revolution. Title from item. S. 121. [Plate] 8. Published in: The American Revolution ... more

Dr. Franklin - cœlis eripuit fulmen sceptrumque tyrannis / J. Norman sc.

Dr. Franklin - cœlis eripuit fulmen sceptrumque tyrannis / J. Norman s...

Print shows Benjamin Franklin, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing right, wearing fur cap and spectacles.

1. General Washington 2. General Gates 3. Dr. Franklin 4. Präsid Laurens 5. Paul Jones / D. Berger sculp. 1784.

1. General Washington 2. General Gates 3. Dr. Franklin 4. Präsid Laure...

Print shows head-and-shoulders portraits of George Washington and Horatio Gates in right profile, Benjamin Franklin facing left, and Henry Laurens and John Paul Jones facing right. Title from item. Illus. in: A... more

His excy. John Adams, esq. / J. Norman sc.

His excy. John Adams, esq. / J. Norman sc.

John Adams, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing slightly right; in medallion.

Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin

Made in France

Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin

Dulieu du Chenevoux Made in France

Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin

Medalist: Augustin Dupré (French, Saint-Étienne 1748–1833 Armentières-en-Brie)

Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin

Jean François Janinet (French, Paris 1752–1814 Paris)

Thomas Paine / Romney pinxt. ; Wright sculpt.

Thomas Paine / Romney pinxt. ; Wright sculpt.

Print shows author and philosopher Thomas Paine, half-length portrait, facing left. Title from item. Engraving of a 1792 painting by George Romney. Exhibited in: "Creating the United States" at the Library of C... more

Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine

Print shows author and philosopher Thomas Paine, half-length portrait, facing right. Title from item. No. 234.

Dr. Benjamin Franklin engrav'd by P.R. Maverick, 65 Liberty Street

Dr. Benjamin Franklin engrav'd by P.R. Maverick, 65 Liberty Street

Print shows Benjamin Franklin, head-and-shoulders portrait, wearing fur hat and spectacles, facing left, in oval tied with a ribbon at top and festooned with ivy. Title from item.

Thomas Paine / Romney pinxt. ; Sharp sc.

Thomas Paine / Romney pinxt. ; Sharp sc.

Title from item. Exhibited: "Creating the United States," the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., 2011-2012. Engraving of a 1792 painting by George Romney.

Thomas Paine / Romney pinxt. ; W. Sharp sculpt.

Thomas Paine / Romney pinxt. ; W. Sharp sculpt.

Print shows author and philosopher Thomas Paine, half-length portrait, facing left. Title from item. Engraving of a 1792 painting by George Romney.

Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin

After Joseph Siffred Duplessis (French, Carpentras 1725–1802 Versailles) Made in France

Dr. Benjamin Franklin / engrav'd by P.R. Maverick, 65 Liberty Street.

Dr. Benjamin Franklin / engrav'd by P.R. Maverick, 65 Liberty Street.

Print shows Benjamin Franklin, head-and-shoulders portrait, wearing fur hat and spectacles, facing left, in oval tied with a ribbon at top and festooned with ivy. Title from item. Published in: The American Rev... more

Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin

Pierre Alexandre Tardieu (French, Paris 1756–1844 Paris)

Medallion of Benjamin Franklin

Medallion of Benjamin Franklin

Attributed to Jean Martin Renaud (French, Sarreguemines 1746–1821 Paris) Made in France

Plaque of Benjamin Franklin

Plaque of Benjamin Franklin

Jean Martin Renaud (French, Sarreguemines 1746–1821 Paris) Made in France

Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin

Pierre Alexandre Tardieu (French, Paris 1756–1844 Paris)

[Congress voting the Declaration of Independence]

[Congress voting the Declaration of Independence]

Print shows men gathered in the Assembly Room in the Pennsylvania State House (now called Independence Hall), Philadelphia. Completed figures include John Adams, Roger Sherman, James Wilson and Thomas Jefferson... more

Panoramic view of St. Petersburg, dedicated by permission to his Imperial Majesty Alexander 1st. by his much obliged humble servant J.A. Atkinson / drawn on the spot by J.A. Atkinson, from the observatory of the Academy of Sciences.

Panoramic view of St. Petersburg, dedicated by permission to his Imper...

Print showing panoramic view of St. Petersburg, including Academy of Arts, colleges, Cronstad (i.e., Kronshtadt), warehouses, and the Gottorp Globe. Title from item. Title also in French. Plate 3 of 4. Includes... more

Thomas Paine's recantation! Thomas Paine's last moments

Thomas Paine's recantation! Thomas Paine's last moments

Seated in chair with woman (Mary Roscoe) at his side and 3 men in doorway. Reference copy may be in Biog. File. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card. Caption card tracings: Broadsides 180... more

Portrait of Benjamin Franklin

Portrait of Benjamin Franklin

Auguste Toussaint Lecler (French, Paris 1788–after 1849)

Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin

Armand-Auguste Caqué (French, Saintes 1793–1881 Paris) Made in France

Martha Jefferson Randolph, daughter of Thomas Jefferson

Martha Jefferson Randolph, daughter of Thomas Jefferson

Photograph showing Martha Randolph, head and shoulder portrait, facing left. Title from item. Portrait by Thomas Sully.

Funeral thoughts, excited by the death of John Adams and Thos. Jefferson on the Fourth of July, 1826, the jubilee of independence

Funeral thoughts, excited by the death of John Adams and Thos. Jeffers...

Broadside publ. in Boston following the deaths of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, July 4, 1826. Reference copy may be in PRES FILE - Adams, John This record contains unverified, old data from caption card. Cap... more

Letter from Thomas Jefferson, to Mr. Weightman, late Mayor of Washington

Letter from Thomas Jefferson, to Mr. Weightman, late Mayor of Washingt...

An allegory of printing and liberty, illustrating a broadside of a June 24, 1826, letter from Thomas Jefferson on American democracy. The female figure of Liberty displays to the Four Continents the art of prin... more

Sheet from "Iconographie Instructive" with portrait of Benjamin Franklin
Thomas Paine / Romney pinxt. ; T. A. Dean sc.

Thomas Paine / Romney pinxt. ; T. A. Dean sc.

Print shows author and philosopher Thomas Paine, half-length portrait, facing left. Title from item. Engraving of a 1792 painting by George Romney. Inscribed on mount: Frontispiece to Rights of Man. 1830 2d.

Figure of Benjamin Franklin

Figure of Benjamin Franklin

Made in Staffordshire, England

Thomas Paine / J. Shury & Son sculp.

Thomas Paine / J. Shury & Son sculp.

Print shows author and philosopher Thomas Paine, half-length portrait, facing left. Title from item. Probably based on 1792 painting by George Romney.

Franklin

Franklin

Print shows an embroidery pattern sheet showing Benjamin Franklin, full-length portrait, seated in a chair in an office or library, he holds a compass in his right hand and there is a large globe at his feet; w... more

John Adams, 2nd president of the United States / on stone by A. Newsam; P.S. Duval, lith., Philada.

John Adams, 2nd president of the United States / on stone by A. Newsam...

John Adams, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing right.

John Adams, 2nd President of the United States / on stone by A. Newsam ; P.S. Duval Lith., Philad'a.

John Adams, 2nd President of the United States / on stone by A. Newsam...

Print showing John Adams, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing slightly right, in ornately framed oval.

Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of the United States / on stone by A. Newsam ; P.S. Duval Lith., Philad'a.

Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of the United States / on stone by A. ...

Print showing Thomas Jefferson, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing slightly left, in ornately framed oval.

[Thomas Paine, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing slightly left] / painted by Romney.

[Thomas Paine, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing slightly left] / pa...

Title devised by Library staff. Facsimile signature: Thomas Paine. Exhibited in: "Creating the United States" at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., 2011.

John Adams, Pres. U.S.

John Adams, Pres. U.S.

Head and shoulders, facing left; in oval. Steel engraving by W. Wellstood after painting by Gilbert Stuart, copyrighted by Johnson, Fry & Co. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card. Caption... more

["Grizzly" Adams, full-length portrait, walking with grizzly bear named Ben Franklin] / Eastman-Loomis, S.F. ; C. Nahl.

["Grizzly" Adams, full-length portrait, walking with grizzly bear name...

Reference copy in LOT 4433-C. Illus. in: The adventures of James Capen Adams, mountaineer and grizzly bear hunter, of California / San Francisco : Towne & Bacon, 1860, opp. p. 186.

Washington monument, in the Capitol grounds, Richmond, Va. The statues around the centre base are those of Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson & Mason

Washington monument, in the Capitol grounds, Richmond, Va. The statues...

Stereograph showing the Washington Monument with an equestrian statue of George Washington in the grounds of Capitol Square, Richmond, Virginia. Part of series: The War for the Union. Photographic History. Titl... more

[Statue of George Washington on horseback on top of a monument in the Capitol Square area of Richmond, Virginia]

[Statue of George Washington on horseback on top of a monument in the ...

Title devised by Library staff. Published in: Russell's Civil War photographs : 116 historic prints / by Andrew J. Russell ; with a preface by Joe Buberger and Matthew Isenberg. New York : Dover Publications, c... more

Furankurin to kaminari no zu

Furankurin to kaminari no zu

Print shows a man (Benjamin Franklin) and a woman sitting at a table in a house during a thunderstorm as lightning strikes a length of chain extending from a tub of water on the ground to a rod attached to the ... more

Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin

Portrait, head and shoulders, facing right. "Engraved by H.B. Hall from the original picture in Passel painted from life by J.A. Duplessis in 1783, and now (1868) in the possession of John Bigelow, Esq." This ... more

[Bank note vignettes showing surrender of Gen. Burgoyne, George Washington resigning his commission, signing of a treaty, funeral of Indian with priest and Spanish soldiers in armor and weeping women]

[Bank note vignettes showing surrender of Gen. Burgoyne, George Washin...

In album: Engravings of the American Banknote Company ... p. 57.

Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin

William P. Babcock (1826–1899)

Bust of Benjamin Franklin

Bust of Benjamin Franklin

Designed by Isaac Broome (1835–1922) Made in Trenton, New Jersey, United States

Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin

Probably designed by Emile Dupont-Zipcy (1822–1885) Made in France