In 1793, Edward Savage published a print of George Washington and several months later issued this print of Franklin. As the two sitters are arranged to face each other, it is thought that the prints were conceived as a pair.

Related examples: Shadwell 1969, p. 45, no. 83; the Martin portrait painting is at the White House (White House 1975, pp. 54–55); Washington print at Winterthur (Fowble 1987, no. 201).

Book excerpt: Warren, David B., Michael K. Brown, Elizabeth Ann Coleman, and Emily Ballew Neff. American Decorative Arts and Paintings in the Bayou Bend Collection. Houston: Princeton Univ. Press, 1998.


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Artist
after David Martin, English, 1737–1798
Engraver
Edward Savage, American, 1761–1817
Title
Benjamin Franklin
Date
1793
Medium
Mezzotint on wove paper
Dimensions
Plate: 17 3/4 × 13 7/8 in. (45.1 × 35.3 cm) Sheet: 20 7/8 × 16 in. (53 × 40.6 cm)
Credit Line

The Bayou Bend Collection, gift of Miss Ima Hogg

Current Location
Not on view
Accession Number
B.63.160
Classification
Prints
Provenance

Acquired by Miss Ima Hogg on December 11, 1963, from Kennedy Galleries, NYC