Benjamin West (1738-1820) was known for his many historical scenes which were considered to be milestones in English and American art.
Benjamin West Summary:
- He was born in America but moved to and found success in England.
- West was the youngest of ten children and was fascinated with art at a young age.
- Having no formal training and education in the arts, West relied on books and mentors who taught him the basics.
- He was one of the founding members of the Royal Academy of Arts in London and even became president.
- West was the first artist to depict historical figures in contemporary clothing.
Benjamin West Famous Paintings:
- The Death of General Wolfe (1770)
- Benjamin Franklin Drawing Electricity from the Sky (1811-1821)
- The Death of Nelson (1806)
- Cupid and Psyche (1808)
- The Damsel and Orlando (1793)
- Hagar and Ishmael (1776)