Benjamin West (1738-1820)

Benjamin West (1738-1820)
Benjamin West (1738-1820)
Watercolor, pastel, gouache, and graphite with selective glazing on paper laid on card
Overall: 13 1/2 x 9 1/8 in. ( 34.3 x 23.2 cm )
Credit Line 
Gift of Daniel Parish, Jr.
Object Number 
inscription: on back: "Portrait of Ben'n West / After Sir T. Lawrence in the National Gallery / £26.5.0 Copied from the original by W. Godson"
Reverse of card inscribed along lower border in brown ink: "L[Brit, pound] 26.5.0 / copied / from the original by W. Godson after Sir T. Lawrence in the National Gallery"; at lower center: "Portrait of Benn. West"; at right in graphite: "the Eminent painter / (…tine[?] of america)"
Gallery Label 
Lawrence finished his original portrait of West for the American Academy of Fine Arts after the subject's death in 1820, and the painting arrived in New York from London in 1822. Lawrence made a copy of it while it was still in his possession and it was from the copy, now owned by the National Gallery, London, that Godson made this watercolor. West is depicted in the long robe he wore in his studio and delivering a lecture on color theory, which he had presented at the Royal Academy.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group