Benjamin Franklin at Watts’s in Lincoln’s Inn Fields, A.D. 1725 (1858)

Medium: oil

Exhibited: Royal Academy, 1858, Doré Galleries 1914

Athenaeum, 15 May 1858:

Mr Crowe paints with curious dry colour. His Franklin in the Printing Office (570), with the beer-drinking printers taunting him for drinking water, was not worth painting, because there was nothing heroic or commendable in Franklin’s drinking water.

Art Journal, June 1864:

… the subject, which is very ably treated, was suggested to the artist by seeing at Washington the identical [printing] press used by Franklin.

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