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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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801

Francis Osborne, 5th Duke of Leeds

attributed to Benjamin West
oil on canvas, circa 1769
NPG 801

4495

William Markham

by Benjamin West
oil on canvas, circa 1775
NPG 4495

D37820

Elizabeth West (née Shewell); Raphael West

by Valentine Green, published by Robert Sayer, after Benjamin West
mezzotint, published 1770
NPG D37820

D14480

Elizabeth West (née Shewell); Raphael West

by Valentine Green, published by Robert Sayer, after Benjamin West
mezzotint, published 1770
NPG D14480

D7416

Sir Edward Astley, 4th Bt

by Richard Earlom, after Benjamin West
mezzotint, 1771 or after
NPG D7416

D5150

George Lyttelton, 1st Baron Lyttelton

by Robert Dunkarton, after Benjamin West
mezzotint, published 1774
NPG D5150

D5653

George Lyttelton, 1st Baron Lyttelton

by Robert Dunkarton, after Benjamin West
mezzotint, published 1774
NPG D5653

D19986

William Henry Cavendish Bentinck, 3rd Duke of Portland; Lord Edward Charles Bentinck

by and published by John Raphael Smith, after Benjamin West
mezzotint, published 25 November 1774
NPG D19986

D40765

Mary (née Palmer), Lady Beauchamp-Procter

by James Watson, after Benjamin West
mezzotint, published 1779
NPG D40765

D684

Mary (née Palmer), Lady Beauchamp-Procter

by James Watson, after Benjamin West
mezzotint, published 1779
NPG D684

D13826

Mr. West and Family

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

D33544

King William IV

by and published by Valentine Green, after Benjamin West
mezzotint, published 1 February 1780
NPG D33544

D33545

King William IV

by Francesco Bartolozzi, and by Paul Sandby, published by Antonio Poggi, after Benjamin West
line and stipple engraving and aquatint, published 15 January 1782
NPG D33545

D34360

Oliver Cromwell dissolving the Long Parliament

by John Hall, after Benjamin West
line engraving, published 1789 (1783)
NPG D34360

D16512

'The Dawn of Portraiture'

by Francesco Bartolozzi, after Benjamin West
etching, 1791
NPG D16512

D5556

Richard Price

by and published by Thomas Holloway, after Benjamin West
line engraving, published 4 June 1793
NPG D5556

D5557

Richard Price

by and published by Thomas Holloway, after Benjamin West
line engraving, published 4 June 1793
NPG D5557

D15374

Richard Price

by and published by Thomas Holloway, after Benjamin West
line engraving, published 4 June 1793
NPG D15374

D37692

Benjamin West

by and published by Thomas Holloway, after Benjamin West
engraving, published 25 April 1798
NPG D37692

D37693

Benjamin West

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

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