Franklin's epitaph, written by himself as a young man:|
The Body of
Like the Cover of an old Book,
Its Contents torn out,
And script of its Lettering and Gilding,
Lies here, Food for Worms.
But the Work shall not be wholly lost:
For it will, as he believ'd, appear once more,
In a new & more perfect Edition,
Corrected and amended By the Author.
He was born Jan. 6, 1706
Died 17-- (written 1728: Library of America, p. 91)
Benjamin and Deborah Franklin: 1790
Charles E. Mills, Franklin the Printer (c. 1900-1920) |
Photo courtesy Library of Congress.
David Martin, Benjamin Franklin (1767)
Oil on canvas on panel
White House, Washington, D.C., United States
Robert Feke, Young Franklin (1748)
David Martin, Benjamin Franklin (1772). Year depicted 1766.
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia
C. N. Cochin drawing, 1777; engraved by A.H. Richie
|Eat Not to Dullness|
Drink not to Elevation
John Trumbull, Declaration of Independence, 1819
Benjamin West, Benjamin Franklin Drawing Electricity from the Sky (ca. 1816)