University Portraits

Portraits in the University of Pennsylvania Art Collection commemorate significant personages from the 18th century to present. The majority of these portraits depict figures that relate directly to the University. Benjamin Franklin, the University’s founder, is represented in a portrait signed J.F. De l’Hospital, which was painted from life in 1779 when Franklin resided in France. There are a number of noteworthy artists represented in Penn’s historic portraiture, such as Charles Wilson Peale, Gilbert Stuart, Angelica Kaufmann, Thomas Eakins, and Thomas Sully. The tradition of University portraiture extends to the present day, and the collection continues to grow.

Individual Works