Monday, May 28, 2012

Franklin at the Court of France

Benjamin Franklin was received with great deference in 1778 by Louis XVI, Marie-Antoinette and their court, although Louis personally did not care for him, and put Franklin's picture in the bottom of a chamber pot. To quote:
Print shows Benjamin Franklin receiving a laurel wreath upon his head. From left to right, some of the members of the French court include: Duchesse Jules de Polignac, Princesse Lamballe (holding flowers), Diane de Polignac (holding wreath), Comte de Vergennes, Mme Campan, Contesse de Neuilly, Marie-Antoinette (seated), Louis XVI, Princess Elizabeth. 
The Franco-American alliance  was promoted in the United States by Thomas Jefferson, a Francophile. Based on the Model Treaty of 1776, Jefferson encouraged the role of France as an economic and military partner to the United States, in order to weaken British influence. (Read entire post.)
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4 comments:

Joshua Freeman said...

what was the french flag in 1778.

elena maria vidal said...

White banner with gold lilies.

The North Coast said...

I love this elegant drawing with it's beautiful, delicate colors. Who did it?

elena maria vidal said...

I don't know but it is 19th century.