Benjamin West

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Benjamin West
Recumbent Young Man with Hat
Black chalk, with a faint fragment of a sketch in pen and brown ink at lower right, on paper.
8 3/16 x 13 15/16 inches (208 x 354 mm)
Gift of Peter A. Wick.

Watermark: letters "CP" within a double circle.
This drawing can be related to Raphael West's drawing "Brigand Lying under a Tree," 1976.28, in the Morgan collection. He probably used his father's study as a model for his own drawing, which was the design used for his etching of the same title at the British Museum. In keeping with the Romantic taste of his own generation, Raphael West transformed the well kept, pleasant looking young man of Benjamin West's drawing into an unkempt brigand.

Estate of the artist; by descent; probably Mrs. Catherine Rule, descendent of Benjamin West; Graham Galleries; Mr. Peter A. Wick.
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Wick, Peter A., former owner.


Ryskamp, Charles, ed. Eighteenth Report to the Fellows of the Pierpont Morgan Library, 1975-1977. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1978, p. 295.

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