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Portrait of Benjamin Franklin

Clarence Drew Bartlett (American, born 1863)

Oil on canvas, 21.5 x 17.5 inches / signed right center

Clarence Drew Bartlett was a painter of landscapes and still-lifes and portraits. One of his finer portraits is that of Benjamin Franklin, modeled after the one painted by J.S. Duplessis, a French portraitist. It was Duplessis’s portrait of Franklin that is reproduced on the U.S. hundred dollar bill. Bartlett’s still-lifes deviate from the “normal” paintings of fruit and flowers and incorporated such commonplace items as newspapers, bottles, pipes, and candles.

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