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Benjamin West
Birth: Oct. 10, 1738
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Mar. 11, 1820
Greater London, England

Artist. Born to Quaker parents in Springfield, Pennsylvania, he was the uncle of inventor Samuel F. B. Morse. He was encouraged to draw, and it is said he received his first set of paints from his Indian friends. At the age of 16, his Quaker community approved art training for him, and he studied in Philadelphia and New York City. He served as a militia captain in Indian campaigns in Pennsylvania, then went to study for three years in Italy. In 1763 he went to England, where he stayed for the rest of his life. Called the "American Raphael" by the British, West's Classicist Biblical and mythological themes soon attracted the attention of London's premier artists, and he became a founding member of the Royal Academy in 1768. He was commissioned to paint several works for King George III, and was appointed historical painter to the king in 1772. West succeeded Sir Joshua Reynolds as President of the Royal Academy in 1792. Some of his most recognized works are "The Death of Nelson", "Moses Shown the Promised Land", and "The Death of General Wolfe". West died in London at the age of 81.  (bio by: Kristen Conrad) 
Family links: 
  John West (1690 - 1776)
  Joseph West (1719 - 1802)*
  Benjamin West (1738 - 1820)
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Saint Paul's Cathedral
City of London
Greater London, England
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Originally Created by: Kristen Conrad
Record added: May 02, 2005
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Benjamin West
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Bessie Pearson M Pello. Your Grandfather Thomas Pearson is my 5th Great Grandfather,I am an artist.Just found out a few years ago that I had you sitting there in my genealogy. You wr the greatest.
- BESSIE M (Pearson) Pello
 Added: Aug. 18, 2016
Rest in peace.
- Carol J
 Added: Jun. 9, 2016

- ddh
 Added: Mar. 2, 2016
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