Benjamin West

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Benjamin West
Cricket on a Village Green. Verso: Architectural Study.
Pen and brown ink on paper; verso: black chalk.
6 9/16 x 11 15/16 inches (132 x 205 mm)
The Joseph F. McCrindle Collection.


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Inscribed on verso at upper left in graphite, "Bols / 2539 / ki/q / 150 /2".

Thomas Agnew & Sons, Ltd., London; from whom acquired by Joseph F. McCrindle, New York, 6 February 1962 (McCrindle collection no. A1187).

When this drawing from the Joseph F. McCrindle Collection entered the Morgan Library & Museum, it joined one of the largest collections of drawings by Benjamin West in the United States. The sheet features a young man and a group of children playing cricket on an open lawn.
Benjamin West first left for Europe in 1760 at the age of twenty-two, and this drawing likely dates to after his Grand Tour once he settled in London. The faces of the children might be compared to a red chalk drawing, In the Nursery, of 1784 in the British Museum (Inv. 1887,0613.3). The verso of the sheet contains a barely legible study of a domed building in graphite.

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McCrindle, Joseph F., former owner.

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