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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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Thomas Newton, by Richard Earlom, published by  John Boydell, after  Benjamin West - NPG D38749

Thomas Newton

by Richard Earlom, published by John Boydell, after Benjamin West
mezzotint, published 1 December 1767
NPG D38749

Elizabeth West (née Shewell); Raphael West, by Valentine Green, published by  Robert Sayer, after  Benjamin West - NPG D37820

Elizabeth West (née Shewell); Raphael West

by Valentine Green, published by Robert Sayer, after Benjamin West
mezzotint, published 1770
NPG D37820

James Wolfe ('Death of Wolfe'), probably by John Rogers, after  Benjamin West - NPG D13998

James Wolfe ('Death of Wolfe')

probably by John Rogers, after Benjamin West
etching, (1770)
NPG D13998

Elizabeth West (née Shewell); Raphael West, by Valentine Green, published by  Robert Sayer, after  Benjamin West - NPG D14480

Elizabeth West (née Shewell); Raphael West

by Valentine Green, published by Robert Sayer, after Benjamin West
mezzotint, published 1770
NPG D14480

Sir Edward Astley, 4th Bt, by Richard Earlom, after  Benjamin West - NPG D7416

Sir Edward Astley, 4th Bt

by Richard Earlom, after Benjamin West
mezzotint, 1771 or after
NPG D7416

George Lyttelton, 1st Baron Lyttelton, by Robert Dunkarton, after  Benjamin West - NPG D5150

George Lyttelton, 1st Baron Lyttelton

by Robert Dunkarton, after Benjamin West
mezzotint, published 1774
NPG D5150

George Lyttelton, 1st Baron Lyttelton, by Robert Dunkarton, after  Benjamin West - NPG D5653

George Lyttelton, 1st Baron Lyttelton

by Robert Dunkarton, after Benjamin West
mezzotint, published 1774
NPG D5653

William Henry Cavendish Bentinck, 3rd Duke of Portland; Lord Edward Charles Bentinck, by and published by John Raphael Smith, after  Benjamin West - NPG D19986

William Henry Cavendish Bentinck, 3rd Duke of Portland; Lord Edward Charles Bentinck

by and published by John Raphael Smith, after Benjamin West
mezzotint, published 25 November 1774
NPG D19986

Mary (née Palmer), Lady Beauchamp-Procter, by James Watson, after  Benjamin West - NPG D40765

Mary (née Palmer), Lady Beauchamp-Procter

by James Watson, after Benjamin West
mezzotint, published 1779
NPG D40765

Mary (née Palmer), Lady Beauchamp-Procter, by James Watson, after  Benjamin West - NPG D684

Mary (née Palmer), Lady Beauchamp-Procter

by James Watson, after Benjamin West
mezzotint, published 1779
NPG D684

'Mr. West and Family', by Georg Siegmund Facius, by  Johann Gottlieb Facius, after  Benjamin West - NPG D13826

'Mr. West and Family'

by Georg Siegmund Facius, by Johann Gottlieb Facius, after Benjamin West
stipple engraving, published 1779
NPG D13826

King William IV, by and published by Valentine Green, after  Benjamin West - NPG D33544

King William IV

by and published by Valentine Green, after Benjamin West
mezzotint, published 1 February 1780
NPG D33544

King William IV, by Francesco Bartolozzi, and by  Paul Sandby, published by  Antonio Poggi, after  Benjamin West - NPG D33545

King William IV

by Francesco Bartolozzi, and by Paul Sandby, published by Antonio Poggi, after Benjamin West
line and stipple engraving and aquatint, published 15 January 1782
NPG D33545

Oliver Cromwell dissolving the Long Parliament, by John Hall, after  Benjamin West - NPG D34360

Oliver Cromwell dissolving the Long Parliament

by John Hall, after Benjamin West
line engraving, published 1789 (1783)
NPG D34360

'The Dawn of Portraiture', by Francesco Bartolozzi, after  Benjamin West - NPG D16512

'The Dawn of Portraiture'

by Francesco Bartolozzi, after Benjamin West
etching, 1791
NPG D16512

Richard Price, by and published by Thomas Holloway, after  Benjamin West - NPG D5556

Richard Price

by and published by Thomas Holloway, after Benjamin West
line engraving, published 4 June 1793
NPG D5556

Richard Price, by and published by Thomas Holloway, after  Benjamin West - NPG D5557

Richard Price

by and published by Thomas Holloway, after Benjamin West
line engraving, published 4 June 1793
NPG D5557

Richard Price, by and published by Thomas Holloway, after  Benjamin West - NPG D15374

Richard Price

by and published by Thomas Holloway, after Benjamin West
line engraving, published 4 June 1793
NPG D15374

Benjamin West, by and published by Thomas Holloway, after  Benjamin West - NPG D37692

Benjamin West

by and published by Thomas Holloway, after Benjamin West
engraving, published 25 April 1798
NPG D37692

Benjamin West, by and published by Thomas Holloway, after  Benjamin West - NPG D37693

Benjamin West

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

Benjamin West, by and published by Thomas Holloway, after  Benjamin West - NPG D37696

Benjamin West

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

Samuel More, by William Sharp, published by  Samuel More, after  Benjamin West - NPG D38960

Samuel More

by William Sharp, published by Samuel More, after Benjamin West
line engraving, published 30 November 1798 (1796)
NPG D38960

Benjamin West, by Thomas Holloway, after  Benjamin West - NPG D8266

Benjamin West

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

Benjamin West with a bust of George III, by Henry Bone, after  Benjamin West - NPG D17296

Benjamin West with a bust of George III

by Henry Bone, after Benjamin West
pencil drawing squared in ink for transfer, 1804 (1793)
NPG D17296

Sir Francis Baring, 1st Bt, by Henry Bone, after  Benjamin West - NPG D17323

Sir Francis Baring, 1st Bt

by Henry Bone, after Benjamin West
pencil drawing squared in ink for transfer, 1806 (1804)
NPG D17323

Lady Harriet Baring (née Herring), by Henry Bone, probably after  Benjamin West - NPG D17324

Lady Harriet Baring (née Herring)

by Henry Bone, probably after Benjamin West
oil, 1806 (1804 or before)
NPG D17324

Apotheosis of Nelson (Horatio Nelson), by Charles Theodosius Heath, after  Benjamin West - NPG D13767

Apotheosis of Nelson (Horatio Nelson)

by Charles Theodosius Heath, after Benjamin West
line engraving, (1807)
NPG D13767

The Death of Lord Viscount Nelson. K.B. (Horatio Nelson), by James Heath, after  Benjamin West - NPG D13769

The Death of Lord Viscount Nelson. K.B. (Horatio Nelson)

by James Heath, after Benjamin West
line engraving, published 1811
NPG D13769

Robert Fulton, by William Satchwell Leney (Lenney), after  Elizabeth Emmet, after  Benjamin West - NPG D10908

Robert Fulton

by William Satchwell Leney (Lenney), after Elizabeth Emmet, after Benjamin West
stipple engraving, published 1817
NPG D10908

'The Death of General Wolfe' (James Wolfe), by S. Smith, after  Benjamin West - NPG D8366

'The Death of General Wolfe' (James Wolfe)

by S. Smith, after Benjamin West
line engraving, circa 1860
NPG D8366

Benjamin West; James Wolfe (on reverse), by W. Wilson, after  Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey, and after  Benjamin West - NPG D2931

Benjamin West; James Wolfe (on reverse)

by W. Wilson, after Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey, and after Benjamin West
bronze medal, 1866
NPG D2931

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'The Death of Wolfe' (James Wolfe)

by William Woollett, after Benjamin West
engraving, published January 1776
NPG D1356

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'The Apotheosis of Prince Alfred and Prince Octavius' (Prince Octavius; Prince Alfred)

by and published by Sir Robert Strange, after Benjamin West
line engraving, published 1786 (1783)
NPG D14979

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Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz

by Valentine Green, after Benjamin West
mezzotint, published 1790
NPG D9112

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Richard Price

by and published by Thomas Holloway, after Benjamin West
line engraving, published 4 June 1793
NPG D19682

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