Benjamin West

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Benjamin West
Sketch for the "Installation of Christ Rejected by the Jews", 1814
1813 21 Dec
Pen and brown ink, on heavy oatmeal paper.
14 3/8 x 20 7/16 inches (365 x 519 mm)
Purchased as the gift of Mrs. Robert H. Charles.

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Signed and dated, "Benjn. ["n" superscript] West Decemr. ["r" superscript] 21st. ["st" superscript] 1813-." Inscribed on verso in pencil by a different hand, "Portfolio / with ods & ends / journals-Drawings / of mine and the childrens / M M 1856".

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. 99, repr.


West's 1814 painting, "Christ Rejected by the Jews," was on view in the Great Room, formerly the Royal Academy, 125 Pall Mall; from June until late fall 1814.

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

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