Description Benjamin Franklin was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Franklin was a leading author and printer, postmaster, political theorist, satirist, politician, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat. As a scientist, he is famous for his discoveries and theories regarding electricity. He invented the lightning rod, bifocal glasses, the Franklin stove, a carriage odometer, and the glass 'armonica'. He formed the first public lending library in America and the first fire department in Pennsylvania. Franklin earned the title of 'The First American' for his early and indefatigable campaigning for colonial unity; as an author and spokesman in London for several colonies, then as the first United States Ambassador to France, he exemplified the emerging American nation. Notes on this image: From Kloss, William, et al. Art in the White House: A Nation's Pride. Washington, D.C.: The White House Historical Association, 2008: '[T]he portrait [of Benjamin Franklin] was commissioned by Robert Alexander, of the firm of William Alexander & Sons, Edinburgh. . . . The impressive beribboned document held by Franklin in the portrait is not a treaty or an Act of Parliament, but one of Alexander's deeds! The other books and pamphlets suggest the learned evidence brought in support of a wise man's decision. . . . [T]he bust of Isaac Newton, whose gaze is directed toward Franklin, invokes the greatest English voice of Reason. . . .'[T]he portrait nonetheless sits squarely in the broader tradition of Enlightenment . . . . The pressure of the thumb against the chin . . . expresses the pressure of concentrated thought (the painting has sometimes been called the 'thumb portrait'), and the refracted light of Franklin's spectacles on his cheek furthers the effect.' The current location of the original painting is the White House, Washington, D.C. -Wikipedia. For more information on Benjamin Franklin visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_Franklin
Richard Eslinger, Farmington Hills, Michigan Member Since January 2011 Artist Statement Hello, I'm Richard Eslinger, the creator of this Imagekind gallery.
For most of my career I worked as an engineer and computer graphics specialist. In more recent years, I discovered a hobby of searching archival sources for historic, interesting, or important vintage images. I refurbish them with graphics software and imprint them on stone, tile, wood, paper, or glass in various ways. This has led to the presentation of some interesting artwork. Some of the results of this hobby can be seen on this Imagekind gallery as well as my website https://www.vintage-imaging.com.
I also work in a trophy and awards business, Great Lakes Trophies and Engraving (GLTE) in Garden City, Michigan. You can visit us at www.greatlakestrophies.com to see some of the items we make and sell. I program and operate our engraving machines for trophies and recognition awards. We have 5 engraving machines including 3 laser engravers and 2 mechanical engravers. Programming and running them is an art in its own right and requires an artistic view and use of computer graphics software.
I live in Farmington Hills, Michigan with my wife, Karen. Thank you for visitingmy Imagekind gallery. To view more historical images, visit my website at https://www.vintage-imaging.com