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 Benjamin West  (1738 - 1820)

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Lived/Active: Pennsylvania / United Kingdom/England      Known for: history, allegorical, religious and portrait paintings

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BIOGRAPHY for Benjamin West
1738 (Springfield, Pennsylvania)
1820 (London, England)

Pennsylvania / United Kingdom/England


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history, allegorical, religious and portrait paintings

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Painters of Nudes
Paris Pre 1900
America's most famous successful expatriate painter and described as the "father of American painting" (Zellman, 55) Benjamin West became the first American artist to gain international fame.  He was known for his large-scale and realistic historical genre paintings.

West was born near Springfield, Pennsylvania, near the future location of Swathmore College.  Supposedly, he first learned pigment making from local Indians.  William Williams, an English portrait painter livin (showing 500 of 6869 characters).

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