Benjamin West papers

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This record forms part of the Chicago’s Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource project funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this project, the Archives surveyed archival repositories throughout the Chicago region to identify art-related materials contained in their holdings. While the Archives of American Art does not own any of the materials described herein, information about those materials and links to the original repositories have been included when available.

Descriptive Summary

Two letters by Benjamin West, one dated September 14, 1814, offering admission to view West’s painting Christ Rejected and thanks for magazine notices; the other dated March 25, 1816, requesting money for his eldest son.

Biographical Historical Note

Benjamin West was a portrait and history painter in 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. West served as president of the Royal Academy, 1792-1815.