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American School
18th century
Design for Frieze with Mermaids, Tridents, and Putti
Pen and brown ink over black chalk, on paper; squared for transfer.
8 x 20 7/8 inches (203 x 530 mm)
Purchased as the gift of Mrs. Robert H. Charles.
1970.11:153

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Inscribed in pen and brown ink at upper left, "WH" over "I"; verso, "Mr. ["r" superscript] Hamilton".

Provenance: 
Estate of Benjamin West (1738-1820); by descent; Harry Margary, the great-grandson of Maria West (daughter of Raphael Lamar West, and granddaughter of Benjamin West); Thos. Agnew and Sons, Ltd., London; from whom purchased 60 drawings, 17 June 1964, and 197 drawings, 15 February 1965, by M. Knoedler and Co., Inc.; from whom purchased 257 drawings by the Morgan Library in 1970.
Bibliography: 

Kraemer, Ruth S. Drawings by Benjamin West and his son Raphael Lamar West. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1975, no. 265.

Associated names: 

Margary, Harry, former owner.

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