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Catalog Number 58.P.27
Object Name Painting
Title Portrait of Franklin Bache
Artist Waugh, Samuel Bell
Date 1868
Description Half-length figure, body turned slightly right. Sitter wears black coat, waistcoat, and bow tie, and a white shirt. Tan-gray background. Signed: "S. B. Waugh 1868" in lower right corner.
Label Chemist and physician Franklin Bache was elected to the APS in 1820, and served as secretary (1825–43), vice president (1843–53) and president (1853–55). A great-grandson of Benjamin Franklin, Bache made his name as a teacher at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Jefferson Medical College. With George Bacon Wood (see 58.P.50), he revised two official pharmaceutical handbooks, the "United States Dispensatory" and the "Pharmacopoeia of the United States of America." Painted posthumously, Bache's portrait commemorates his close relationship with the Society and his contributions to chemistry as a teacher, author, and editor. The artist, Samuel Bell Waugh, was one of the foremost portrait painters in Philadelphia in the mid-19th century.
Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions H-42 W-38 inches
Dimension Details Framed
Credit line American Philosophical Society
Search Terms 19th century
nineteenth century
physician
scientist
painting