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Husbandry Aided by Arts and Commerce
Benjamin West, Benjamin West, Benjamin West

oil paint paper (fiber product)

Currently on view at Mint Museum--UPTOWN

Gift of the Mint Museum Auxiliary

Despite the scarcity of both training and inspiration in 18th century America, Benjamin West demonstrated considerable artistic talent as a youth; so much so that by 1760, at the age of 22, he received financial backing from a pair of Philadelphia patrons to travel to Italy to study the Old Masters. He moved to England in 1763 and soon earned the patronage of King George III and Queen Charlotte. By 1772 he had been named Historical Painter to the King. West was not only a talented painter but also a sought-after teacher who worked with many of this country’s most important artists, including Charles Willson Peale, Gilbert Stuart, John Trumbull, and Thomas Sully. Among West’s commissions from King George III was the design of nine ceiling panels for the Queen's lodge at Windsor Castle. This painting is one of three existing oil sketches for this project. The allegory of "Agriculture," for which this picture was a study, was a personal favorite of King George III who liked to be called "Farmer George."

Accession Number: 1972.5


height: 24.75 inches
width: 29.75 inches

Copyright Information:
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