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    Sale 7435

    British Works on Paper

    21 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 41

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

    The Meeting of Jacob and Rachel at the Well

    Price Realised  

    Benjamin West, P.R.A. (1738-1820)
    The Meeting of Jacob and Rachel at the Well
    black chalk and stump
    18½ x 16 in. (47 x 40.6 cm.)


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    The subject is taken from Genesis, ch. 29, 1-10.

    West painted this subject twice, one in the Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, Virginia (von Erffa and Staley, 247), and the other, much closer in composition to the present drawing, is unlocated but known from engravings.

    For another version of this subject see lot 43.

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    Provenance

    Probably the artist's family, and by descent to
    Mrs P. Howard; Sotheby's, London, 22 March 1979, part of lot 5, where purchased by the present owner as 'Jacob drawing Water at the Well for Rebecca and Her Flock'.


    Literature

    H. von Erffa and A. Staley, op. cit., no. 248, n. 2.