Hand-colored Print of Benjamin Franklin at Age 84
Handcolored Print of “Dr. Franklin Aged 84”. Hand-colored Print of Benjamin Franklin at Age 84, a later impression from a c. 1790 Plate, Gem Mint condition.. Plate size 6.25” x 4,” overall size 10” x 8”. Signed by C.W. Peale (as Painter) and D. Edwin (as Sculptor). Captioned “Dr. Franklin Aged 84,” the image shows an older, bespectacled image of Franklin. The image is a copy of Charles Willson Peale’s portrait of Franklin made in 1785, upon Franklin’s return from completing peace negotiations in England. Edwin must have made this copy sometime in or after 1790, subsequent to Franklin’s death at age 84. Elsewhere in this sale, we have an uncolored version of this very same print. This is a later impression from the plates, done many years after the Originals but identical in every respect. Peale’s original painting is at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts..