Benjamin West

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Benjamin West
Rebecca at the Well. Verso: Portrait of a gentleman and sketch of a group of women
Black wash over black chalk, with pen and brown ink, on two sheets of light brown paper pasted together; verso: black chalk.
13 5/16 x 20 5/8 inches (339 x 523 mm)
Purchased as the gift of Mrs. Robert H. Charles.

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Sketch of a group of women on the verso was probably in preparation for the composition on the recto.


Inscribed by the artist in pen and brown ink at lower left, "One of the first attempts at historical composition by Benj ["n" superscript] West. While in Philadelphia 1757".

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. 1, repr.

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