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Subject: Benjamin West, American, active Great Britain, 1738–1820

Self-Portrait

1758/59

Watercolor on ivory

2 1/2 x 1 13/16 in. (6.4 x 4.6 cm) framed: 2 13/16 x 2 3/16 in. (7.1 x 5.6 cm)
Lelia A. and John Hill Morgan, B.A. 1893, LL.B. 1896, M.A. (Hon.) 1929, Collection
1940.529
Culture: 
American
Period: 
18th century
Classification: 
Miniatures - Jewelry
Geography: 
Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Status: 
Not on view
Provenance: 

Presented by the artist to Elizabeth Steele (later Mrs. Wallace), Philadelphia; her daughter, Mrs. John Cook; lent by C... Esq (John Cook, died c. 1845) to the Pennsylvania Academy in 1817; his son, William Wallace Cook (died c. 1846); sold by D. Thomas, Philadelphia, in 1847 to Joseph West (the artist’s nephew); given by Joseph West to his son Clement L. West prior to 1857, when the latter advertised it for sale; his daughter, Mrs. Edward Wilcox, by 1875, and then by descent to Colonel Cornelius de W. Wilcox, West Point, N. Y.; Ehrich Galleries, New York, 1922; Mrs. John Hill Morgan, Farmington, Conn., by 1924, to 1940; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Bibliography: 

Theodore E. Stebbins Jr. and Galina Gorokhoff, A Checklist of American Paintings at Yale University (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1982), 167, no. 1744M, ill.

Robin Jaffee Frank, Love and Loss (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 2000), 3, 36-46, fig. 24.

Susan B. Matheson, Art for Yale: A History of the Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2001), 132, fig. 129.

Robin Jaffee Frank, “Telling Tales: Three Small Portraits Punctuate a Bigger Story,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2001): 34, fig. 4.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.