Benjamin West Esq.r President of the Royal Academy and Historical Painter to his Majesty.
Published as the Act directs, by Tho.s Holloway, & the other Proprietors, April 25. 1798.
Engraving and etching. Plate 299 x 241mm. 11¾ x 9½". Slight printers crease.
Engraving after a self-portrait by Benjamin West; half-length seated slightly to right, looking to front, wearing short wig, plain coat with bright buttons and frill; curtain behind, pulled back to reveal Somerset House beyond at the right. The print was published as an illustration to the first English edition of Johann Caspar Lavater's 'Physiognomische Fragmente', Vol III, pl. 171, between pp.150-51. Benjamin West (1738-1820) was an Anglo-American painter of historical scenes around and after the time of the American War of Independence. He was the second president of the Royal Academy in London, serving from 1792 to 1805 and again from 1806 until his death.
Ex Collection: R. Hobson of Hove.
[Ref: 25512] £220.00