Franklin’s Experiment, June 1752 – Demonstrating the identity of Lightening and Electricity, from which he invented the Lightening Rod, Currier & Ives

D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts

Pastoral scene, evening sky, young boy and Ben Franklin flying kite during lightening storm; house to right in background.

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.

Object Creator
Currier & Ives (American, 1834-1907)
Object Creation Date
Hand-colored lithograph
15 1/8 x 12 inches
Gift of Lenore B. and Sidney A. Alpert supplemented with Museum Acquistions Funds
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