Benjamin West

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Benjamin West
Seated Woman with a Musical Instrument. Verso: Sketch for the same portrait
Black and white chalk, on gray paper; some outlines reinforced with pen and black ink; verso: black chalk.
10 9/16 x 8 1/2 inches (269 x 216 mm)
Purchased as the gift of Mrs. Robert H. Charles.

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Watermark: fleur-de-lis within a circle.
Recto: Study for the Portrait of Mrs. William Beckford (1724/5-98), National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. (Andrew Mellon Collection, 1947).

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. 158, repr.

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