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Benjamin Franklin (Seated), Presiding at a Meeting of the Society's Committee of Polite Arts, 3rd February 1759

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This painting commemorates Benjamin Franklin's association with the Society, the 200th anniversary, on 1 September 1956, of his election to membership and the celebration of the 250th anniversary of his birth, on 11 January 1956. The designer, Miss Anna Zinkeisen, reconstructed a meeting held on 3 February 1759 of the committee responsible for fine art competitions: at this meeting selected candidates were interviewed for confirmation of their awards.

Royal Society of Arts

London


Date

c.1959

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 44 x W 55 cm

Accession number

RSA030

Work type

Painting

Inscription description

BENJAMIN FRANKLYN (Seated) PRESIDING AT A MEETING OF THE SOCIETY’S COMMITTEE OF POLITE ARTS, 3 FEB. 1759 by ANNA ZINKEISEN, R.O.I., R.D.I., 1956


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