American Paintings and Sculpture
Artist: Benjamin West, American, active Great Britain, 1738–1820

Cicero Discovering the Tomb of Archimedes


Oil on canvas

49 1/2 × 71 3/4 in. (125.73 × 182.25 cm)
John Hill Morgan, B.A. 1893, LL.B. 1896, M.A. (Hon.) 1929, Fund
Made in London, England
Not on view
19th century

Mary Jaeger, Archimedes and the Roman Imagination (Anne Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan Press, 2008), 32.

Angus Trumble and Mark Aronson, Benjamin West and the Venetian Secret, ed. Julie Lavorgna, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale Center for British Art, 2008), 39, ill.

Alan Hirshfeld, Eureka Man: The Life and Legacy of Archimedes (New York: Walker Publishing Co., 2009), unpag., ill.

Michael Bennett, Clemente Marconi, and Alexandra Sofroniew, Sicily: Art and Invention between Greece and Rome, ed. Claire L. Lyons, exh. cat. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2013), 135, fig. fig. 76.

Joseph Farington, Windsor Castle. Royal Library, and British Museum, The Diary of Joseph Farington, eds. Kenneth J. Garlick, Angus Macintyre, and Kathryn Cave, 16 (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1804).

“Recent Gifts and Purchases,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin 30, no. 1 (August 1964): 23.

Helmut von Erffa and Allen Staley, The Paintings of Benjamin West (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1986), 175, no. 23, fig. 23.

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