MEZZOTINT BUST PORTRAIT OF BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, DIRECTED LEFT, FACING FRONT, WEARING THICK CURLED WIG AND COAT WITH WHITE CRAVAT, OVAL OVER BASE ENGRAVED "D. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, ET VITA INTER AMERICANOS ACTA, ET MAGNIS ELECTRICITATIS PERICULIS CLARUS.", WITHIN RECTANGULE BORDER. [At very bottom: J.E. HAID SCULP. A.V. 1778.]. Benjamin Franklin, J. E. Haid.

MEZZOTINT BUST PORTRAIT OF BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, DIRECTED LEFT, FACING FRONT, WEARING THICK CURLED WIG AND COAT WITH WHITE CRAVAT, OVAL OVER BASE ENGRAVED "D. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, ET VITA INTER AMERICANOS ACTA, ET MAGNIS ELECTRICITATIS PERICULIS CLARUS.", WITHIN RECTANGULE BORDER. [At very bottom: J.E. HAID SCULP. A.V. 1778.].

[n.p. 1778]. 5-1/2" x 8-1/4". Mounted to 8-1/2" x 11" buff paper backing with two tape tabs on verso. Right edge reinforced with archival tape on blank verso. Very Good

The scarce first edition of Haid's mezzotint portrait of Franklin. Haid made two portraits of Franklin using the same captions and architectural setting. This first version is based on the painting by Benjamin Wilson, showing Franklin in a wig. The later version shows Franklin in fur hat. [Bubb Kuyper auction 63G-5932, 2015].
X Bulletin of New York Public Library page 59, #8 [1906]. Item #34489

Price: $500.00