Benjamin West, Esq.r President of the Royal Academy in London:Dedicated to the Directors of the British Institution by their ob. Serv.t William Johnstone White
Published Jan.y 1st 1818 by W.J. White 14 Brownlow Street, Holborn, London
Engraving on india with large margins, platemark 380 x 290mm (15 x 11½").
Benjamin West (1738-1820) American painter of historical scenes, with Windsor Castle in the distance. In 1760 he became the first American painter to travel to Italy, spending three years there. West met George III's librarian Joseph Dalton in 1762, who gave him a royal commission to paint the lovers Cymon and Iphigenia. It was partly due to Dalton's encouragement that West arrived in London, where he was to spend the rest of his career. In 1768 West played an instrumental role with the king in obtaining patronage for a Royal Academy of Arts, joining other charter members in helping to elect Reynolds as its first president. Eventually, despite his American origins, West became historical painter to the king in 1772, surveyor of the king's pictures in 1791, and second president of the Royal Academy in 1792, after Reynolds's death.
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