Caleb Whitefoord

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Apprenticed at the age of sixteen to Archibald Stewart, a London wine merchant. In 1754 he set up a partnership in the wine trade with a young merchant, Thomas Brown. The business was based at Craven Street, where Benjamin Franklin became his neighbour and friend. In 1762 Whitefoord became a member of the Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce, and was active in its proceedings for the remainder of his life. Whitefoord's friendship with Franklin earned him both historical importance and contemporary fame. In 1782, he was chosen to act as an intermediary between Franklin and the British government in France during negotiations to end the war with the American colonies.

National Portrait Gallery, London



Caleb Whitefoord


oil on canvas


H 74.3 x W 62.2 cm

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Purchased, 1905

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