Benjamin Franklin's Daughter

  title={Benjamin Franklin's Daughter},
  author={Katharine Baetjer},
  journal={Metropolitan Museum Journal},
  pages={169 - 181}
arah, the third child and only daughter of Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) (Figure 1) and his wife, Deborah Read (1708-1774), was born in Philadelphia on September 11, 1743.1 Mr. and Mrs. Franklin called her Sally. Of her early years little is known, other than that she had some talent for music and played the harpsichord.2 Her father, who was deeply fond of her, described her as "affectionate, dutiful and industrious."3 From 1757 until 1762 and from 1764 until 1775 Franklin represented the… 



The National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery's collection of portraits of British men and women constitutes a complete survey of both historical and contemporary personalities. A national pantheon of great figures

ed., Benjamin Franklin: A Biography

  • His Own Words (NewYork,
  • 1972

Benjamin Franklin = Deborah Read Plate 5. John Hoppner. Sarah Franklin Bache, ca. 1793. Oil on canvas, 76.5 x 63.2 cm. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Collection

    vol. 1 (New Haven, 1959), pp. lxii-lxv, lxxvii, for Franklin family genealogy, and William Duane, "Sarah Bache," in Elizabeth F. Ellet, The Women of the American Revolution, 4th ed

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