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    Sale 7435

    British Works on Paper

    21 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 30

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

    Study of the Apollo Belvedere

    Price Realised  


    Benjamin West, P.R.A. (1738-1820)
    Study of the Apollo Belvedere
    indistinctly signed and dated (lower left), and numbered '9' (on the reverse, lower left) and 'A9' (on the reverse, lower right)
    black chalk on blue-grey paper, unframed
    18¼ x 17¼ in. (46.4 x 43.8 cm.)

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    West first saw the Apollo Belvedere on 11 July 1760, shortly after arriving in Rome and famously exclaimed, 'My God! How like it is to a young Mohawk warrior!' The present drawing was not, however, executed at the time of this first exposure. The blue paper and black chalk suggest that instead it dates from the early 1780s, when West adopted these materials for his life studies (see lot 31).

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    The artist's family, and by descent to
    Mrs P. Howard; Sotheby's, London, 22 March 1979, part of lot 32, where purchased by the present owner.