Benjamin West

Benjamin West (1738 - 1820)

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Benjamin West
Born in Springfield Twp, Chester County, Pennsylvaniamap
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Husband of — married in St. Martin In The Fields, Westminster, London, Middlesex, Englandmap
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Died in Newman Street, London, Middlesex, Englandmap
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Benjamin West PRA (October 10, 1738 – March 11, 1820) was an Anglo-American painter of historical scenes around and after the time of the American War of Independence and the Seven Years' War.

He was the second president of the Royal Academy in London, serving from 1792 to 1805 and 1806 to 1820.

He was offered a knighthood by the British Crown, but declined it, believing that he should instead be made a peer.

He said that "Art is the representation of human beauty, ideally perfect in design, graceful and noble in attitude ..."

On March 11, 1820 WEST died at his house in Newman Street, London and was buried in St.Paul's Cathedral, London, Middlesex, England [1]

The Life, Studies, and Works of Benjamin WEST ...[2] [3]

His life and work is profiled, including reproductions of a number of his well-known pieces in a recent book by Paul Strati entitled "Of Arms and Artists, The American Revolution through Painters' Eyes", published in 2016 by Bloomsbury Press, NY, call#759.13 STA p63-96,


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  3. Genealogy written and compiled by Millard Pearson in 1926. Of Pearson genealogy from Thomas Pearson who landed in Pennsylvania in early 1650 and according to the History of Chester County, PA. According to Futhey & Cope History of Chester County, PA to John PEARSON who move to Tattnall County, GA and started the Pearson branch there. Millard PEARSON's genealogy of 1926 is privately owned by PEARSON descendants.
  • Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Archaeological Journal, volumes 13-14 by Rev. P. H. Ditchfield & published by Chas. Slaughter & Son of London: Elliot Stock 62 Paternoster Row, Notes & Queries, p31.

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On 1 Jul 2017 at 02:26 GMT Saundra Stewart wrote:

West-6512 and West-9651 appear to represent the same person because: I'm pretty sure these are both the same artist.

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