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    Sale 7435

    British Works on Paper

    21 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 34

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

    Study for 'The Woman clothed with the Sun'

    Price Realised  

    Benjamin West, P.R.A. (1738-1820)
    Study for 'The Woman clothed with the Sun'
    with inscription 'B West' (lower right)
    black and white chalk on blue-grey paper
    11 x 8 in. (28 x 20.3 cm.)


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    This study is related to the oil painting The Woman clothed with the Sun (dated circa 1797, von Erffa & Staley, 405), now at Princeton University Art Gallery. The work was commissioned for the Revelation Chamber at Fonthill Abbey, along with a painting of A mighty Angel standeth upon the Land and upon the Sea (see lot 33). For another related drawing see lot 35.

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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 9, where purchased by the present owner.


    Exhibited

    Texas, San Antonio Museum of Art, Revealed Religion: Benjamin West's Commissions for Windsor Castle and Fonthill Abbey, 18 September - 13 November 1983, no. 38.