Benjamin West
1738-1820 Benjamin West Locations Benjamin West RA (October 10, 1738 ?C March 11, 1820) was an Anglo-American painter of historical scenes around and after the time of the American War of Independence. He was the second president of the Royal Academy serving from 1792 to 1805 and 1806 to 1820. In 1760, sponsored by Smith and William Allen, reputed to be the wealthiest man in Philadelphia, West traveled to Italy where he expanded his repertoire by copying the works of Italian painters such as Titian and Raphael. As painted by Gilbert Stuart, 1783-84West was a close friend of Benjamin Franklin, whose portrait he painted. Franklin was also the godfather of West's second son, Benjamin. In 1763, West moved to England, where he was commissioned by King George III to create portraits of members of the royal family. The king himself was twice painted by him. He painted his most famous, and possibly most influential painting, The Death of General Wolfe, in 1770, exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1771. Although originally snubbed by Sir Joshua Reynolds, the famous portrait painter and President of the Royal Academy, and others as over ambitious, the painting became one of the most frequently reproduced images of the period. In 1772, King George appointed him historical painter to the court at an annual fee of £1,000. With Reynolds, West founded the Royal Academy of Arts in 1768. He was the second president of the Royal Academy from 1792 to 1805. He was re-elected in 1806 and was president until his death in 1820. He was Surveyor of the King's Pictures from 1791 until his death. Many American artists studied under him in London, including Charles Willson Peale, Rembrandt Peale, Gilbert Stuart, John Trumbull, and Thomas Sully. [3] West is known for his large scale history paintings, which use expressive figures, colours and compositional schemes to help the spectator to identify with the scene represented. West called this "epic representation". He died in London.

 

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Benjamin West Edward III Crossing the Somme oil painting   

Painting ID::  4572
Benjamin West
Edward III Crossing the Somme
1788 137.2 x 149.9 cm Royal Collection, Windsor

   
   
     

 

 

Benjamin West King Lear oil painting   

Painting ID::  4573
Benjamin West
King Lear
1788 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

   
   
     

 

 

Benjamin West Colonel Guy Johnson oil painting   

Painting ID::  4574
Benjamin West
Colonel Guy Johnson
1775 National Gallery of Art, Washington DC

   
   
     

 

 

Benjamin West William Penn s Treaty with the Indians oil painting   

Painting ID::  4575
Benjamin West
William Penn s Treaty with the Indians
1771/72 Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

   
   
     

 

 

Benjamin West The Death of Wolfe oil painting   

Painting ID::  4576
Benjamin West
The Death of Wolfe
1770 60 x 84 1/2 in. (152.6 x 214.5 cm) National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa

   
   
     

 

 

Benjamin West Death on a Pale Horse oil painting   

Painting ID::  4577
Benjamin West
Death on a Pale Horse
1796 Detroit Institute of Arts

   
   
     

 

 

Benjamin West Self Portrait dgdgdfg oil painting   

Painting ID::  4578
Benjamin West
Self Portrait dgdgdfg
1770 The Baltimore Museum of Art

   
   
     

 

 

Benjamin West William Penn's Treaty with the Indians (nn03) oil painting   

Painting ID::  23528
Benjamin West
William Penn's Treaty with the Indians (nn03)
1771/2 Oil on canvas 192 x 273 cm 75 1/2 x 107 3/4 in Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Philadelphia PA

   
   
     

 

 

Benjamin West Edward III Crossing the Somme (mk25) oil painting   

Painting ID::  24219
Benjamin West
Edward III Crossing the Somme (mk25)
1788

   
   
     

 

 

Benjamin West The Burghers of Calais (mk25) oil painting   

Painting ID::  24220
Benjamin West
The Burghers of Calais (mk25)
1789

   
   
     

 

 

Benjamin West George III (mk25) oil painting   

Painting ID::  24234
Benjamin West
George III (mk25)
1779

   
   
     

 

 

Benjamin West The Departure of Regulus (mk25) oil painting   

Painting ID::  24238
Benjamin West
The Departure of Regulus (mk25)
1769

   
   
     

 

 

Benjamin West The Death of Epaminondas (mk25) oil painting   

Painting ID::  24241
Benjamin West
The Death of Epaminondas (mk25)
1773

   
   
     

 

 

Benjamin West The Death of Chevalier Bayard (mk25) oil painting   

Painting ID::  24242
Benjamin West
The Death of Chevalier Bayard (mk25)
1772

   
   
     

 

 

Benjamin West The Death of Wolfe (mk25) oil painting   

Painting ID::  24243
Benjamin West
The Death of Wolfe (mk25)
1771

   
   
     

 

 

Benjamin West Self-Portrait oil painting   

Painting ID::  26942
Benjamin West
Self-Portrait
mk52 c.1770-6 Oil on canvas 76.8x63.8cm Baltimore Museum of Art

   
   
     

 

 

Benjamin West The Death of General Wolfe oil painting   

Painting ID::  28149
Benjamin West
The Death of General Wolfe
1771 Oil on canvas 152.6 x 214.5 cm (60 x 84 1/2 in) National Gallery of Canada Ottowa (mk63)

   
   
     

 

 

Benjamin West The Death of General Wolfe oil painting   

Painting ID::  31387
Benjamin West
The Death of General Wolfe
nn07 1770; Oil on canvas, 152.6 x 214.5 cm; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa

   
   
     

 

 

Benjamin West The Death of General Wolfe oil painting   

Painting ID::  32045
Benjamin West
The Death of General Wolfe
mk77 1770 Oil on canvas 60 1/8x84 7/8in

   
   
     

 

 

Benjamin West Colonel Guy Johnson oil painting   

Painting ID::  33827
Benjamin West
Colonel Guy Johnson
mk86 c.1775/76 Oil on canvas 203x138cm Washington,National Gallery of Art

   
   
     

 

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Benjamin West
1738-1820 Benjamin West Locations Benjamin West RA (October 10, 1738 ?C March 11, 1820) was an Anglo-American painter of historical scenes around and after the time of the American War of Independence. He was the second president of the Royal Academy serving from 1792 to 1805 and 1806 to 1820. In 1760, sponsored by Smith and William Allen, reputed to be the wealthiest man in Philadelphia, West traveled to Italy where he expanded his repertoire by copying the works of Italian painters such as Titian and Raphael. As painted by Gilbert Stuart, 1783-84West was a close friend of Benjamin Franklin, whose portrait he painted. Franklin was also the godfather of West's second son, Benjamin. In 1763, West moved to England, where he was commissioned by King George III to create portraits of members of the royal family. The king himself was twice painted by him. He painted his most famous, and possibly most influential painting, The Death of General Wolfe, in 1770, exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1771. Although originally snubbed by Sir Joshua Reynolds, the famous portrait painter and President of the Royal Academy, and others as over ambitious, the painting became one of the most frequently reproduced images of the period. In 1772, King George appointed him historical painter to the court at an annual fee of £1,000. With Reynolds, West founded the Royal Academy of Arts in 1768. He was the second president of the Royal Academy from 1792 to 1805. He was re-elected in 1806 and was president until his death in 1820. He was Surveyor of the King's Pictures from 1791 until his death. Many American artists studied under him in London, including Charles Willson Peale, Rembrandt Peale, Gilbert Stuart, John Trumbull, and Thomas Sully. [3] West is known for his large scale history paintings, which use expressive figures, colours and compositional schemes to help the spectator to identify with the scene represented. West called this "epic representation". He died in London.