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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
NPG 1649

1437

The Academicians of the Royal Academy

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

1437a

Key to 'The Academicians of the Royal Academy'

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

6264

Benjamin West

by John Downman
oil on copper, 1777
NPG 6264

349

Benjamin West

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

607

Benjamin West

by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey
marble bust, 1818
NPG 607

1456(26)

Benjamin West

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

D37701

Benjamin West

by Unknown artist
engraving, 18th century
NPG D37701

D20191

Benjamin West

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

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)
NPG D37694

D37695

Benjamin West

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

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
NPG D37692

D37693

Benjamin West

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

D37696

Benjamin West

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

D8266

Benjamin West

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