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Benjamin West PRA, Self-portrait of Benjamin West, P.R.A.

Self-portrait of Benjamin West, P.R.A., 1793

Benjamin West PRA (1738 - 1820)

RA Collection: Art

West painted this portrait in 1793 a year after his election as President of the Royal Academy. A painter of historical and religious subjects, West alluded to his artistic and intellectual influences by including a cast of the Belvedere Torso and volumes on Greek and English history in the composition. He has shown himself seated on the President's throne and Somerset House, home of the Royal Academy from 1780 to 1837, is shown in the background, as though West is a nobleman before his stately home.

Object details

Self-portrait of Benjamin West, P.R.A.
Benjamin West PRA (1738 - 1820)
Object type
Oil on panel

1015 mm x 1320 mm

Royal Academy of Arts
Object number
Given by Joseph Neeld MP 1830

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