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Catalog Number 10645-2377
Title Clipping, Magazine; Cover; John Falter; Offset Lithograph; Benjamin Franklin; Saturday Evening Post; January 16, 1943
Object Name Clipping, Magazine
Description Color offset lithograph on white paper. January 16, 1943 Saturday Evening Post magazine featuring cover art by John Falter. The illustration, "Benjamin Franklin," is a portrait of Ben Franklin sitting at a desk turned toward the right holding aloft a sheet of parchment with black ink handwriting on it. The other hand is holding a pair of glasses. On the desk is a quill and an inkwell. Franklin is wearing a brown coat and white frilly shirt. In the background are wood panels. On the lower left corner of the cover is the artist's signature. At the top of the cover is the title of the magazine, date, and a sample listing of articles contained in the magazine.
Date 10/16/1943
Material Paper, Ink
Medium Offset Lithograph
Artist Falter, John P.
Made Falter, John P.; Curtis Publishing Company
Place of Origin USA: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Height (in) 13.688
Width (in) 10.75
People Falter, John Philip, 1910-1982
Other Name Cover, Magazine
History From an article on pg. 4 of this issue introducing John Falter: "Mr. Falter's first preparation for the painting was to read Carl Van Doren's biography of The Saturday Evening Post's founder. Then he studied all the prints of Franklin he could lay his hands on. 'It's surprising,' he told us, 'how many there are and how different Franklin looks in most of them. He was a man of so many facets that he really seems more like twelve brothers than one man.' The Franklin whom Falter finally put on canvas was the Franklin of the period when he was commissioner of France. 'The Franklin you picture in your mind,' said Mr. Falter, 'is never a young man or an old man. I think most people picture Franklin as a man of about fifty-five. That is about the age at which I painted him. I tried to make him a man whose spirit belongs to now, for Franklin is as human as Willkie, as alive as Roosevelt and as much a part of things today as any man we have living. It is a mistake to try to push such men back into a period."
Credit line John P. Falter, Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania
Collection Falter, John P. Collection
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