Benjamin Franklin, L.L.D.
London Published as the Act directs May 24th. 1806 by J. Wilkes.
Stipple with etching, 160 x 115mm. 6¼ x 4½". Foxing.
Benjamin Franklin (1706 – 1790) was one of the most prominent of the Founders and early political figures and statesmen of the United States. With vignette etching of kite flyers in a lightning storm below portrait. In 1750, Franklin published a proposal for an experiment to prove that lightning is electricity by flying a kite in a storm that appeared capable of becoming a lightning storm. On June 15 he may have possibly conducted his famous kite experiment in Philadelphia and successfully extracted sparks from a cloud, although there are theories that suggest he never performed the experiment.
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