Life, Studies, and Works of Benjamin West in extra-illustrated form, 1820
This folder contains former volume 2, pages 1 to 75 of the extra illustrated version of John Galt's The Life, Studies and Works of Benjamin West. It includes letters from the artist, correspondences concerning the Royal Academy of Arts, the written dedication that West wrote for the painting Christ Nativity, given to the parish of St. Marylebone, prints of notable contemporaries and landscapes, and one original drawing titled David. David is a pencil and ink wash drawing depicting a semi-nude figure turned towards the right side of the composition with a group of dogs in the center. Most dated materials are from the 1770s and the 1810s. Oversize pages are in box 3, folder 2.
John Galt wrote two volumes covering the life of Benjamin West. The first was published in 1816 and contains biographical information from West’s birth to his travels in Italy in the 1760s. The second volume contains West’s move to London and his subsequent career as historical painter to King George III, and ends with West’s death in 1820.
Printed Matter; Manuscripts