Benjamin West

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Benjamin West
Peter's Denial of Christ
Pen and brown ink, with brown and blue wash; over black chalk, with corrections in white opaque watercolor; on six sheets originally pinned together.
24 x 22 5/8 inches (610 x 570 mm)
Purchased as the gift of Mrs. Robert H. Charles.

Watermark: on each of the six sheets, "...iping 1813" and Britannia.
The inscription suggests that this was the last compositional sketch executed by West before his death.


Two sheets are signed by the artist in pen and ink, "B. West 1819". A third sheet is inscribed by another hand in pen and ink along the lower margin, "The last design by Benjn ["n" superscript] West-- / 1819-".

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.
Associated names: 

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. 107, repr.

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