Benjamin West

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Benjamin West
1738-1820
Allegory of Charity, Woman Holding a Child, Kneeling Woman with Veil, and Two Profiles of a Bearded Man
Graphite, on thin paper.
20 7/8 x 13 1/8 inches (535 x 335 mm)
Purchased as the gift of Mrs. Robert H. Charles.
1970.11:261
Provenance: 
Estate of the artist; 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. 208.

Notes: 

Watermark: J. Bigg.
The tracings on this sheet have been made from either drawings or prints. Lines of red chalk on the verso of the profiles of the bearded man suggest they were traced from a red chalk drawing.

Associated names: 

Margary, Harry, former owner.
Charles, Robert H., Mrs., donor.

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