5 of 43 portraits of Benjamin West
by Gilbert Stuart
oil on canvas, 1785
35 1/2 in. x 27 1/2 in. (902 mm x 699 mm)
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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.
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West attracted other visiting American artists like Gilbert Stuart who lodged with him as a pupil and assistant in 1775. In the background Stuart has shown West's vast Moses Receiving the Law (1784) unfinished on the easel.
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- Holmes, Richard; Crane, David; Woof, Robert; Hebron, Stephen, Romantics and Revolutionaries: Regency portraits from the National Portrait Gallery, 2002, p. 119
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 654
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On display in Room 19 at the National Portrait Gallery