Top Ten Paintings by Benjamin West

Top Ten Paintings by Benjamin West

       Benjamin West was born in Springfield, Pennsylvania (now Swarthmore) on October 10, 1738 as the tenth child of an innkeeper. Benjamin West was an autodidact. While excelling at the arts, “he had little [formal] education and, even when president of the Royal Academy, could scarcely spell.”(Hughes, 70) From 1746 to 1759, West worked in Pennsylvania painting portraits while fostered by the provost of the College of Philadelphia, Dr. William Smith. Also, during this time West met John Wollaston, a famous painter who immigrated from London. West picked up on many of Wollaston’s techniques dealing with the shimmer of silk and satin as well as some of “his mannerisms, the most prominent of which was to give all his subjects large almond-shaped eyes, which clients thought very chic.”(Hughes, 71) In 1759, he moved to Italy where he expanded his repertoire by copying the works of Italian painters such as Titian and Raphael.

  1. The Expulsion of Adam and Eve from Paradise (1791)

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  2. The Death of General Wolfe (1770)

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  3. The Death of Nelson (1808)

  4. Venus Consoling Cupid Stung by a Bee (1802)

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  5. Moses Shown the Promised Land (1801)

  6. Destruction of the Beast and the False Prophet (1804)

  7. Death on a Pale Horse (1796)

  8. King Lear (1788)

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  9. The Last Supper (1784)

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  10. Queen Charlotte (1779)

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  11. The Treaty of Penn with the Indians (1772)

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  12. Portrait of George, Prince of Wales, and Prince Frederick, later Duke of York (1778)

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  13. Juno Receiving the Cestus from Venus (1771)

  14. Narcissus and Echo (1805)

  15. Edward III Crossing the Somme (1788)

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  16. Pylades and Orestes Brought as Victims before Iphigenia (1766)

  17. Maria Hamilton Beckford (1799)

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