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.

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.

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


Kraemer, Ruth S. Drawings by Benjamin West and his son Raphael Lamar West. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1975, no. 185, repr.

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