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Benjamin West (1738-1820), History painter and President of the Royal Academy

Sitter associated with 43 portraits
Artist associated with 39 portraits
The American artist Benjamin West settled in London in 1763 where he became successful as a portraitist and history painter. His painting of The Death of General Wolfe (1770-71), was particularly innovative in its use of classical conventions of history painting to portray a modern event. West succeeded Sir Joshua Reynolds as President of the Royal Academy from 1792 to 1820.

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1649

Benjamin West

by Angelica Kauffmann
black chalk on greenish grey paper, 1763
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1437

The Academicians of the Royal Academy

by John Sanders, after Johann Joseph Zoffany
watercolour and ink, (1772)
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1437a

Key to 'The Academicians of the Royal Academy'

by John Sanders, after Johann Joseph Zoffany
pencil, circa 1773
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6264

Benjamin West

by John Downman
oil on copper, 1777
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349

Benjamin West

by Gilbert Stuart
oil on canvas, 1785
On display in Room 19 at the National Portrait Gallery
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607

Benjamin West

by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey
marble bust, 1818
NPG 607

1456(26)

Benjamin West

by Charles Hutton Lear
pencil, circa 1845
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D37701

Benjamin West

by Unknown artist
engraving, 18th century
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D20191

Benjamin West

by D.P. Pariset, published by and after Pierre-Étienne Falconet
stipple engraving, 1768
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D4742

Benjamin West

by Jonathan Spilsbury
mezzotint, late 18th century
NPG D4742

D21304

The Academicians of the Royal Academy

by Richard Earlom, after Johann Joseph Zoffany
mezzotint, published 1773
NPG D21304

D13826

Mr. West and Family

by Georg Siegmund Facius, by Johann Gottlieb Facius, after Benjamin West
stipple engraving, published 1779
NPG D13826

D37694

Benjamin West

by Caroline Watson, published by John Boydell, published by Josiah Boydell, after Gilbert Stuart
stipple engraving, published 1786 (circa 1785)
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D37695

Benjamin West

by Caroline Watson, after Gilbert Stuart
stipple engraving, published 1786 (circa 1785)
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D19926

Benjamin West

by Caroline Watson, published by John Boydell, published by Josiah Boydell, after Gilbert Stuart
stipple engraving, published 1786 (circa 1785)
NPG D19926

D13085

'Titianus Redivivus; - or - the seven-wise-men consulting the new Venetian oracle'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 2 November 1797
NPG D13085

D37692

Benjamin West

by and published by Thomas Holloway, after Benjamin West
engraving, published 25 April 1798
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D37693

Benjamin West

by and published by Thomas Holloway, after Benjamin West
engraving, published 25 April 1798
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D37696

Benjamin West

by and published by Thomas Holloway, after Benjamin West
engraving, published 25 April 1798
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D8266

Benjamin West

by Thomas Holloway, after Benjamin West
line engraving, published 1798
NPG D8266

D10716

Royal Academicians

by Charles Bestland, after Henry Singleton
stipple engraving, published 1802 (1795)
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D36021

Key to Royal Academicians

by Charles Bestland, after Henry Singleton
stipple engraving, published 1802 (1795)
NPG D36021

D17296

Benjamin West with a bust of George III

by Henry Bone, after Benjamin West
pencil drawing squared in ink for transfer, 1804 (1793)
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D37699

Benjamin West

by George Dawe, published by and after Andrew Robertson
mezzotint, published 10 May 1804
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D37700

Benjamin West

by George Dawe, published by and after Andrew Robertson
mezzotint, published 10 May 1804
NPG D37700

D12138

Benjamin West

by William Daniell, after George Dance
soft-ground etching, published 15 September 1809 (3 March 1793)
NPG D12138

D6681

Benjamin West

by Charles Muss, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
pen and ink, before 1824 (1810)
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D37688

Benjamin West

by Henry Meyer, published by T. Cadell & W. Davies, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
stipple engraving, published 13 April 1813 (circa 1810)
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D37689

Benjamin West

by Henry Meyer, published by T. Cadell & W. Davies, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
stipple engraving, published 13 April 1813 (circa 1810)
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D37816

Benjamin West

by and published by James Fittler, after George Henry Harlow
line engraving, published 8 April 1817
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D37817

Benjamin West

by and published by James Fittler, after George Henry Harlow
line engraving, published 8 April 1817
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D37697

Benjamin West

by and published by Robert Newton, after Sir William John Newton
line engraving, published 1 August 1818
NPG D37697

D37698

Benjamin West

by and published by Robert Newton, after Sir William John Newton
line engraving, published 1 August 1818
NPG D37698

D38591

Benjamin West

by Charles Theodosius Heath, published by William Johnstone White, after Sir William John Newton
engraving, published 1818
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D8267

Benjamin West

by Charles Theodosius Heath, after Sir William John Newton
line engraving, published 1818
NPG D8267

D11328

Benjamin West

by and published by William Say, after James Green
mezzotint, published 1818
NPG D11328

D37690

Benjamin West

by Unknown artist
mezzotint, published 1844
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D37691

Benjamin West

published by Robert Simpson, published by Ackermann & Co
mezzotint, published 1 April 1844
NPG D37691

D2931

Benjamin West; James Wolfe (on reverse)

by W. Wilson, after Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey, and after Benjamin West
bronze medal, 1866
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D14700

Benjamin West

by D.P. Pariset, published by and after Pierre-Étienne Falconet
stipple engraving, 1768
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D19848

Benjamin West

by Jonathan Spilsbury
mezzotint, circa 1776-1807
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D6680

Benjamin West

after Sir Thomas Lawrence
pen and ink and pencil, (1810)
NPG D6680

D19391

Benjamin West

by Charles Theodosius Heath, published by William Johnstone White, after Sir William John Newton
line engraving, published 12 December 1817
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