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Benjamin West

2 of 24 portraits on display in Room 19 at the National Portrait Gallery

Benjamin West, by Gilbert Stuart, 1785 - NPG 349 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Benjamin West

by Gilbert Stuart
oil on canvas, 1785
35 1/2 in. x 27 1/2 in. (902 mm x 699 mm)
Purchased, 1872
Primary Collection
NPG 349


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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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  • Gilbert Stuart (1755-1828), Painter. Artist associated with 60 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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