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    Sale 7435

    British Works on Paper

    21 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 38

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

    Head of a bearded old man

    Price Realised  

    Benjamin West, P.R.A. (1738-1820)
    Head of a bearded old man
    pen and brown ink, brown wash
    9 x 7¼ in. (22.8 x 18.4 cm.)


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    Although no exact prototype for the present drawing has been found, it shows the influence of Guercino, whose drawings West was studying in the 1780s.

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    Provenance

    The artist's family and by descent to
    Mrs P. Howard; Sotheby's, London, 22 March 1979, part of lot 3, where purchased by the present owner.