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Benjamin West

4 of 43 portraits of Benjamin West

Benjamin West, by John Downman, 1777 - NPG 6264 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Benjamin West

by John Downman
oil on copper, 1777
8 1/2 in. x 7 in. (216 mm x 178 mm)
Transferred from National Gallery, 1994
Primary Collection
NPG 6264


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Sitterback to top

  • Benjamin West (1738-1820), History painter and President of the Royal Academy. Sitter associated with 43 portraits, Artist associated with 39 portraits.

Artistback to top

  • John Downman (1750-1824). Artist associated with 34 portraits.

This portraitback to top

This affectionate portrait was painted by West's former student, John Downman, who described him as 'my most beloved teacher'.

Linked publicationsback to top

  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 654
  • Simon, Jacob, The Art of the Picture Frame: Artists, Patrons and the Framing of Portraits in Britain, 1997 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 8 November 1996 - 9 February 1997), p. 83

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