'Mr. West and Family'
'Mr. West and Family'
by Georg Siegmund Facius, by Johann Gottlieb Facius, after Benjamin West
stipple engraving, published 1779
22 1/8 in. x 27 in. (561 mm x 686 mm) paper size
Given by Sir Augustus Wollaston Franks, 1872
Artistsback to top
- Georg Siegmund Facius (circa 1750-before 1814), Stipple engraver. Artist associated with 22 portraits.
- Johann Gottlieb Facius (1750-1802), Stipple engraver. Artist associated with 11 portraits.
- Benjamin West (1738-1820), History painter and President of the Royal Academy. Artist associated with 39 portraits, Sitter associated with 43 portraits.
Sittersback to top
- Benjamin West (1738-1820), History painter and President of the Royal Academy. Sitter associated with 43 portraits, Artist associated with 39 portraits.
- Benjamin West Jr (1772-1848), Son of the artist Benjamin West. Sitter in 1 portrait.
- Elizabeth West (née Shewell) (1741-1817), Wife of Benjamin West. Sitter in 3 portraits.
- John West (1690-1776), Father of the artist Benjamin West. Sitter in 1 portrait.
- Raphael Lamar West (1769-1850), Artist; son of Benjamin West. Sitter in 3 portraits, Artist associated with 2 portraits.
- Thomas West (1716-1792), Half-brother of the artist Benjamin West. Sitter in 1 portrait.
Events of 1779back to top
Current affairsAdmiral Augustus Keppel, First Lord of the Admiralty during the final years of the American War of Independence is tried and acquitted at court martial of misconduct at the Battle of Ushant the previous year. His case becomes a cause célèbre.
Botanist Joseph Banks tells a committee of the House of Commons that the east coast of Australia is suitable for the transportation of convicted felons.
Penitentiary Act authorises state prisons.
Art and scienceSwiss artist Henry Fuseli settles in London after nine years in Rome. Painter and President of the Royal Academy Joshua Reynolds' celebrated Discourses on art are published as a book.
World's first iron bridge is assembled across the Severn at Coalbrookdale.Inventor Samuel Crompton introduces the Spinning Mule.
John Newton and William Cowper's Olney Hymns is published, containing the first printed version of Amazing Grace.
InternationalAmerican War of Independence: Spain, in alliance with France and the US, declares war on Britain. Great Siege of Gibraltar begins, in which French and Spanish forces try to wrest power from the established British Garrison, under the leadership of General George Augustus Eliot.
Captain James Cook is killed in a skirmish with natives on the Sandwich Islands on his third and final voyage.