Benjamin West

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Benjamin West
1738-1820
Soldier with Plumed Shako. Verso: Sketch of three doves
Black chalk on blue paper; verso: black chalk.
12 1/8 x 5 13/16 inches (308 x 148 mm)
Purchased as the gift of Mrs. Robert H. Charles.
1970.11:34

 

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(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.
Bibliography: 

Kraemer, Ruth S. Drawings by Benjamin West and his son Raphael Lamar West. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1975, no. 148, repr.

Notes: 

The soldier in this drawing can be identified as a Royal Fusilier through his uniform. Two of the doves drawn on the verso appear in West's painting, "Omnia Vincit Amor," 1811, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

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

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