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    Sale 5433

    Old Master & British Pictures & Old Master Drawings

    2 December 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 403

    Benjamin West, P.R.A. (Pennsylvania 1738-1820 London)

    Elijah rising up in the chariot of fire

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    Benjamin West, P.R.A. (Pennsylvania 1738-1820 London)
    Elijah rising up in the chariot of fire
    pencil, pen and brown ink on buff paper
    12½ x 17 in. (318 x 432 mm.)


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    West seems not to have executed a finished painting of this subject, although he did paint another scene from the prophet's life, Elijah raising the Widow's Son (now in the Philadelphia Museum of Art). The style of the present drawing, with loose, almost jagged lines delineating the prophet's mantle falling to the ground as he is swept away, suggests a very late date.

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    VAT rate of 5% is payable on hammer price and at 15% on the buyer's premium


    Provenance

    The artist's family, and by descent to;
    Mrs P. Howard; Sotheby's, London, 22 March 1979, part of lot 5.


    Saleroom Notice

    Please note that this lot is being sold with no reserve.