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



Watercolor on ivory

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

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.


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.

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