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.