21 November 2007
Benjamin West, P.R.A. (1738-1820)
Head of a bearded old man
pen and brown ink, brown wash
9 x 7¼ in. (22.8 x 18.4 cm.)
The artist's family and by descent to
Mrs P. Howard; Sotheby's, London, 22 March 1979, part of lot 3, where purchased by the present owner.
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Although no exact prototype for the present drawing has been found, it shows the influence of Guercino, whose drawings West was studying in the 1780s.
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