Benjamin West

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Benjamin West
1738-1820
The Bard
Black chalk on red-ruled paper; border in gray wash on old mat.
5 3/16 x 3 1/2 inches (139 x 89 mm)
Purchased as the gift of Mrs. Robert H. Charles.
1970.11:251
Provenance: 
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.
Bibliography: 

Kraemer, Ruth S. Drawings by Benjamin West and His Son, Raphael Lamar West. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1975, no. 88, repr.

Notes: 

Preparatory sketch for the painting "The Bard." The subject was inspired by an ode of the same title written by Pindar in 1755-57.

Associated names: 

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

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