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

© the artist's estate / Bridgeman Images. Photo credit: Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce

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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.

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    oil on canvas

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    44 x 55 cm

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