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

Studies for a Crucifixion

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Benjamin West, P.R.A. (Pennsylvania 1738-1820 London)
Studies for a Crucifixion
pencil, on oatmeal paper
11½ x 16 in. (292 x 406 mm.); and 10¼ x 15 in. (260 x 381 mm.) (2)
Provenance
The artist's family, and by descent to
Mrs P. Howard; Sotheby's, London, 22 March 1979, part of lot 13.
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Lot Essay

With some variation in detail, these two drawings and a large drawing in the Pierpont Morgan Library (R.S. Kraemer, Drawings by Benjamin West and his son Raphael Lamar West, The Pierpont Morgan Library, 1975, p. 58, no. 104 and pl. 66) include depictions of the same group of figures. In 1975 Kraemer speculated that the Morgan's drawing was related to an immense painting of the Crucifixion which, in 1817, West told Joseph Farington he had drawn in on canvas, but about which he had no further knowledge. In 1817 the artist was 79 and nearing the end of his life and it is fair to assume that the painting was not completed.

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