6 of 43 portraits of Benjamin West
by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey
marble bust, 1818
25 1/2 in. (648 mm) high
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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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- Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey (1781-1841), Sculptor. Artist associated with 267 portraits, Sitter in 11 portraits.
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Marble bust, signed and dated 1818, commissioned by Sir Simon Clarke; another version was given by Chantrey to the Royal Academy as his Diploma work.
The loose drapery worn by West in this portrait is reminiscent of ancient Greek and Roman sculpture. Neo-classical sculpture of this kind was very popular in the eighteenth-century, as Greece and Rome were regarded as the cradles of civilisation.
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Current affairsDeath of Charlotte Sophia of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, George III's Queen since 1761.
Official enquiry initiated into Queen Caroline's conduct abroad.
Art and scienceMary Shelley anonymously publishes her masterpiece Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus which reflects growing concern about the role of morality in science.
Lord Byron completes his romance Childe Harolde's Pilgrimage, whose gloomy, dissolute hero was probably based on the writer himself.
InternationalStamford Raffles acquires authorisation to construct a fort at Singapore marking the beginning of its development as a centre of East-West trade.
Congress of European Alliance at Aix-La-Chapelle. Lord Castlereagh plays a central role in establishing a pan-Europe peace settlement to bring a chastened France back into the world of political respectability.