• Old Master & 19th Century Pain auction at Christies

    Sale 2282

    Old Master & 19th Century Paintings, Drawings, & Watercolors

    27 January 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 351

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

    Paetus and Arria

    Price Realised  

    Benjamin West, P.R.A. (Swarthmore, PA 1738-1820 London)
    Paetus and Arria
    signed and dated 'Benj.-West 1770' (upper right)
    oil on canvas
    36 x 30 in. (91.5 x 76.2 cm.)


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    The subject of the present work is taken from Pliny's Letters, III, 16.

    Two other versions of the same subject by West are known, one at the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven (op. cit., no.38), and the other, location unknown, dating from circa 1781 (op. cit., no. 40).

    Provenance

    Offered by his sons, Raphael and Benjamin, to the United States in 1826.
    Artist's sale; (+) Robins, London, 22-25 May 1829, lot 161 (70 gns to Rothschild).
    with Appleby Brothers, London.
    Robert D. Childs, Boston, 1956.
    Dr. Simon Stone, Manchester, New Hampshire, acquired in London, by 1960.
    Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 21 July 1989, lot 197.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THIS LOT IS SOLD WITHOUT RESERVE


    Literature

    J. Locquin, Le Peinture d'histoire en France de 1747 à 1785, Paris, 1912, p. 154.
    H. von Erffa and A. Staley, The Paintings of Benjamin West, New Haven, 1986, pp. 41-42, 182, no. 39.


    Exhibited

    London, Benjamin West's Gallery, 1821, no. 92.
    London, Benjamin West's Gallery, 1822-28, no. 104 [or no. 140].