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    Sale 7435

    British Works on Paper

    21 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 59

    Attributed to Benjamin West, P.R.A. (1738-1820)

    The Cyclops Polyphemus raging

    Price Realised  


    Attributed to Benjamin West, P.R.A. (1738-1820)
    The Cyclops Polyphemus raging
    white chalk and oil paint on brown prepared paper, lightly varnished, unframed
    20½ x 25½ in. (52 x 64.7 cm.)

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    This most unusual chalk and oil sketch seems at first glance more typical of Raphael Lamar West's work than that of his father, but its confidence and grandeur suggests a more experienced hand. The subject appears to derive from the Odyssey:

    'The Cyclops lifted up his hands to the starry heavens and prayed to the Lord Poseidon: '...Grant that Odysseus, sacker of cities and son of Laertes, may never reach his home in Ithaca. But if he is destined to see his friends again, to come once more to his own house and reach his native land, let him come late, in wretched plight, having lost all his comrades, in a foreign ship, and let him find trouble in his home'.' (Homer, The Odyssey, Bk. IX, p. 140).

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    The artist's family, and by descent to
    Mrs P. Howard; Sotheby's, London, 22 March 1979, part of lot 25, where purchased by the present owner.