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Image for Franklin's Experiment, June 1752 - Demonstrating the identity of Lightening and Electricity, from which he invented the Lightening Rod

Franklin's Experiment, June 1752 - Demonstrating the identity of Lightening and Electricity, from which he invented the Lightening Rod

Pastoral scene, evening sky, young boy and Ben Franklin flying kite during lightening storm; house to right in background. From the Inventory Listing of Sidney A. Alpert "Franklin's Experiment/ (8.7x12.7) 1876 (Old Best 50) - S"

Although Benjamin Franklin was honored in only a few Currier & Ives prints, he was among the first of the nation's leaders to be recognized for his many achievements. Known as a statesman, diplomat, philosopher, publisher and inventor, Franklin was a favorite of the American public. In this image, Franklin is celebrated as a man of science as he undertakes his legendary kite-flying experiment with his son William by his side.

Date: 1876

Artists: Currier & Ives
Medium: Hand-colored lithograph
Measurements: 15 1/8 x 12 inches
Access Number: 2004-D03-640
Gift of Lenore B. and Sidney A. Alpert supplemented with Museum Acquistions Funds

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