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 Benjamin West

Benjamin West

Birth
Chester County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 11 Mar 1820 (aged 81)
London, City of London, Greater London, England
Burial London, City of London, Greater London, England
Memorial ID 10905463 · View Source
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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.

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  • Originally Created by: Kristen Conrad
  • Added: 2 May 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 10905463
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Benjamin West (10 Oct 1738–11 Mar 1820), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10905463, citing Saint Paul's Cathedral, London, City of London, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .