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Benjamin Thompson was born in Massachusetts and became a school teacher in Rumford, New Hampshire. He joined the army but was suspected of supporting the British, which was correct but not proven. In 1776 he left for London, where he held a number of government posts. He later travelled to Europe where he worked for the Bavarian government, rising to be Minister of War, for which he was created a Count of the Holy Roman Empire.
late 18th C–early 19th C
oil on canvas
presented by the Countess Rumford, 1835, stolen