Benjamin West

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Benjamin West
Death on a Pale Horse: Revelation VI, 8. Verso: Torso of a male nude seen from the back
Pen and brown ink over black chalk, on paper; verso: black chalk.
14 x 18 3/4 inches (354 x 475 mm)
Purchased as the gift of Mrs. Robert H. Charles.

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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. 39, repr.


Watermark: coat of arms with fleur-de-lis surmounted by crown (close to Churchill 415 and 416).
The drawing is most likely related to West's 1817 painting of the same subject. The painting, at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, was the culmination of four extant compositional sketches and three oil sketches.

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

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