Property from a Collection of American Illustration
STANLEY MASSEY ARTHURS
1877 - 1950
FRANKLIN AT THE FRENCH COURT
signed S.M. Arthurs (lower right)
oil on canvas
33 by 23 ¾ inches
(83.8 by 60.3 cm)
Painted in 1915.
The canvas is wax-lined,t here is frame abrasion at edges and the surface of the work appears to be slightly dirty. Under UV: there are some scattered pindots of inpainting; other pigments fluoresce but appear to be the artist's original work.
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Charles Scribner's Sons, New York
S. Hallock du Pont, Jr., Florida, 1975 (acquired from the above)
By descent to the present owner
Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, Brandywine River Museum, Reflections of American History, June-September 1976
Scribner's Magazine, August 1915, illustrated opp. p. 129
This work depicts the following historical figures from left to right: Secretary Gerard (later first minister from France to the United States); Count de Vergennes; Arthur Lee; Silas Deane; Benjamin Franklin.