Benjamin West

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Benjamin West
Christ Bound. Sketch for Christ in the Hall of Caiphas
Pen and brown ink, with brown and gray wash.
6 x 2 1/2 inches (153 x 62 mm)
Purchased as the gift of Mrs. Robert H. Charles.
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.

Kraemer, Ruth S. Drawings by Benjamin West and His Son, Raphael Lamar West. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1975, no. 96, repr.


Watermark: Golding & [Snelgrove].
The silhouetted figure of Christ, originally pinned to the drawing of a Roman soldier, is now hinged to the sheet. The drawing can be related to West's "Christ in the Hall of Caiphas," preserved in a compositional sketch at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

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

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