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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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Benjamin West, by Angelica Kauffmann - NPG 1649

Benjamin West

by Angelica Kauffmann
black chalk on greenish grey paper, 1763
NPG 1649

The Academicians of the Royal Academy, by John Sanders, after  Johan Joseph Zoffany - NPG 1437

The Academicians of the Royal Academy

by John Sanders, after Johan Joseph Zoffany
watercolour and ink, (1772)
NPG 1437

Key to 'The Academicians of the Royal Academy', by John Sanders, after  Johan Joseph Zoffany - NPG 1437a

Key to 'The Academicians of the Royal Academy'

by John Sanders, after Johan Joseph Zoffany
pencil, circa 1773
NPG 1437a

Benjamin West, by John Downman - NPG 6264

Benjamin West

by John Downman
oil on copper, 1777
NPG 6264

Benjamin West, by Gilbert Stuart - NPG 349

Benjamin West

by Gilbert Stuart
oil on canvas, 1785
On display in Room 19 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 349

Benjamin West, by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey - NPG 607

Benjamin West

by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey
marble bust, 1818
NPG 607

Benjamin West, by Charles Hutton Lear - NPG 1456(26)

Benjamin West

by Charles Hutton Lear
pencil, circa 1845
NPG 1456(26)

Benjamin West, by Unknown artist - NPG D37701

Benjamin West

by Unknown artist
engraving, 18th century
NPG D37701

Benjamin West, by D.P. Pariset, published by and after  Pierre-Étienne Falconet - NPG D20191

Benjamin West

by D.P. Pariset, published by and after Pierre-Étienne Falconet
stipple engraving, 1768
NPG D20191

Benjamin West, by Jonathan Spilsbury - NPG D4742

Benjamin West

by Jonathan Spilsbury
mezzotint, late 18th century
NPG D4742

The Academicians of the Royal Academy, by Richard Earlom, after  Johan Joseph Zoffany - NPG D21304

The Academicians of the Royal Academy

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

'Mr. West and Family', by Georg Siegmund Facius, by  Johann Gottlieb Facius, after  Benjamin West - NPG D13826

'Mr. West and Family'

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

Benjamin West, by Caroline Watson, published by  John Boydell, published by  Josiah Boydell, after  Gilbert Stuart - NPG D37694

Benjamin West

by Caroline Watson, published by John Boydell, published by Josiah Boydell, after Gilbert Stuart
stipple engraving, published 1786 (circa 1785)
NPG D37694

Benjamin West, by Caroline Watson, after  Gilbert Stuart - NPG D37695

Benjamin West

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

Benjamin West, by Caroline Watson, published by  John Boydell, published by  Josiah Boydell, after  Gilbert Stuart - NPG 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

'Titianus Redivivus; - or - the seven-wise-men consulting the new Venetian oracle', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG 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

Benjamin West, by and published by Thomas Holloway, after  Benjamin West - NPG D37692

Benjamin West

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

Benjamin West, by and published by Thomas Holloway, after  Benjamin West - NPG D37693

Benjamin West

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

Benjamin West, by and published by Thomas Holloway, after  Benjamin West - NPG D37696

Benjamin West

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

Benjamin West, by Thomas Holloway, after  Benjamin West - NPG D8266

Benjamin West

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

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