Benjamin West

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Benjamin West
Two Women Carrying Baskets on Their Heads. Verso: Compositional sketch for a Resurrection
Black chalk on gray-brown paper; verso: black chalk.
6 5/8 x 9 5/8 inches (170 x 244 mm)
Purchased as the gift of Mrs. Robert H. Charles.

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The two half-length figures of women carrying baskets in this drawing appear in the background of West's painting, "Christ Healing the Sick in the Temple," 1814, now at the Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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. 92.

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