Art: Franklin & Friends

Busy Benjamin Franklin crowded into one long life enough activities to do several normally energetic men. As No. 1 citizen and foreign agent of Pennsylvania Colony and later as first U. S. Ambassador to France, he knew the political bigwigs of England and Europe, was highly esteemed by many an 18th Century intellectual. Franklin also found time to sit for an astonishing number of portraits, became in his own right a respectable art patron. Last week New York's Metropolitan Museum opened an exhibition, billed as "Benjamin Franklin and His Circle," which included, along...

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