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PICTORIAL LIFE OF BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, PRINTER, TYPEFOUNDER, INK MAKER,…

by Brad Stephens

Other authors: Henry Lewis Bullen (Contributor)

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I came across this short book at a church sale. It was published in 1923 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Benjamin Franklin's arrival in Philadelphia, which made it a bit of a curiosity, so I bought it. I thought that the endless series of portraits of Franklin would get tiresome, but in fact I found it interesting to look at them and get an idea of what he was actually like. His mouth and chin seem to have given the artists problems. The chin was apparently quite big and solid, and Franklin must have had a very expressive mouth, because the portraits often show the mouth twisted around. They never show him actually smiling - but that has to be due to the stuffiness of 18th century painters. No man could be as well-loved as Franklin was if he never smiled.

The writing tended toward the fulsome - even past the fulsome on occasion - but I learned a few things about Franklin that I hadn't known before.
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Rowlands, Waltermain authorsome editionsconfirmed
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