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The artist's family, and by descent to
Mrs P. Howard; Sotheby's, London, 22 March 1979, part of lot 39, where purchased by the present owner.
LANDSCAPES BY RAPHAEL LAMAR WEST
In August 1798 Raphael Lamar West travelled to America to survey some land that William Beckford, his father's patron, was considering buying in New York State. In her catalogue of drawings from this expedition in the Pierpont Morgan Library, Ruth Kraemer suggests that the purchase had been proposed by Benjamin West and his fellow American artist John Trumbull (R. Kraemer, Drawings by Benjamin West and his son Raphael Lamar West, The Pierpont Morgan Library, 1975, p. 96). Although it has been suggested that West owned the property himself and hoped to sell it to Beckford, the choice of Raphael Lamar as an independent surveyor suggests otherwise; as does the report to Beckford advising against the purchase due to an unjustifiably high price.
Raphael Lamar made records of his journey in the form of sketches, which he then traced and worked up before sending back to Beckford via Benjamin West, as information about the progress of his survey. The present view of Honeoye Lake is probably one of these finished copies: an almost identical view in the Pierpont Morgan Library (fig. 1) is inscribed, 'I traced those I sent to England from this. For my Father May 8th 1799'. It has not been possible to identify the other dramatic landscapes.