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Making Friends with Franklin

In this issue of Smithsonian in Your Classroom, portraits of Benjamin Franklin introduce his writings and scientific experiments. Students do their own writing and conduct their own experiments. In addition, they learn about the international scientific community in which Franklin was a prominent member.

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David Rittenhouse

National Portrait Gallery

Benjamin Rush, (painting)

Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums

David Wiley

National Portrait Gallery

John Winthrop (1714-1779), (painting)

Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums