National Geographic : 1951 Feb
±aW ailoilai ucorapille ic iety 13 Lent DY historical Society or I'enlsylvania CHARLES WILLSON PEALE * Benjamin Franklin Peale was about 27 and Franklin 61 when they met in London in 1767. Lacking introduction, Peale called alone at the philosopher's home, gave his name to a servant, and was shown upstairs. There, says his journal, he found Franklin, a young lady on his knee. Peale had time to sketch the pair before his presence was noticed. Then the Doctor complacently put the girl aside, welcomed his caller, and showed him his latest progress in electrical research. Later Franklin gave Peale a rare but dead Angora cat for his museum (page 188). Peale named a son for Franklin. Two decades after London the artist painted his subject, together with his lightning rods and zigzag lightning.