Joseph Fenwick (1762-1849) was Franco-Colombus' father. He came from a Catholic family in Maryland. He settled in Bordeaux in 1787 where he made a fortune as a wine merchant, before becoming the first consul of the United States. He was appointed to this position by George Washington in 1790, which he held until 1801 in Bordeaux, where the hôtel Fenwick (the first United States consulate ever created) remains today. In 1792, he married a French, Catherine Eléonore Ménoire, and their only son Franco-Columbus, born in 1793, also became a consul for the United States in Nantes.
Here, Franco-Columbus is represented aged about ten, after finishing a game of "quille de neuf". The attribution to Favart rests more upon the inscription on the back and on the old plate on the frame than on the monogram EF carved on the tree (the E could refer to another first name or surname of the artist).