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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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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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