Benjamin West

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Benjamin West
Landscape with Harvesting Peasants
Black chalk on paper.
4 1/2 x 7 1/4 inches (113 x 185 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. 185, repr.


It is possible that West made this drawing in the fall of 1802, in his travels to or from Paris. A related finished drawing at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston is inscribed, "French Peasantry". One of the Sketches which Mr. West made in France in 1802.

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

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