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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)

Elijah rising up in the chariot of fire

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Benjamin West, P.R.A. (Pennsylvania 1738-1820 London)
Elijah rising up in the chariot of fire
pencil, pen and brown ink on buff paper
12½ x 17 in. (318 x 432 mm.)
Provenance
The artist's family, and by descent to;
Mrs P. Howard; Sotheby's, London, 22 March 1979, part of lot 5.
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Lot Essay

West seems not to have executed a finished painting of this subject, although he did paint another scene from the prophet's life, Elijah raising the Widow's Son (now in the Philadelphia Museum of Art). The style of the present drawing, with loose, almost jagged lines delineating the prophet's mantle falling to the ground as he is swept away, suggests a very late date.

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