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Benjamin West letter to Sir Francis Legatt Chantrey, 1817 Apr 7

West, Benjamin, 1738-1820

Painter, Portrait painter


Collection Information

Size: 1 Item

Summary: One page handwritten letter dated April 7, 1817 from Benjamin West to sculptor Sir Francis Legatt Chantrey (West gives his name as "Mr. Chantery"). West requests figures by Antonio Canova (1757-1822) for a Royal Academy exhibition. He also refers to works by Chantrey entered into the exhibition.

Biographical/Historical Note

Benjamin West (1738-1820) was a portrait and history painter, London, England. Born in Pennsylvania. In 1763, he moved to London and opened his own studio. In 1772 he was appointed the court historical painter to King George III. Served as president of the Royal Academy, 1792-1815.


Provenance unknown.

Language Note

English .

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

Two transcriptions of the letter are included in folder - one handwritten in pencil and one typed on letterhead of Stalker & Boos, Inc., Antiquarians, Birmingham, Mich.

Item has been digitized and is available on the Archives of American Art's website.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.

How to Cite This Collection

Benjamin West letter to Sir Francis Legatt Chantrey, 1817 Apr 7. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.