Mrs. Benjamin West and Her Son Raphael

about 1767

Object

Artist

Benjamin West, American, 1738-1820
Work Locations: Italy; England

Object Info

Object: painting
Currently on view
Object ID: 2018.14

Medium/Technique

Oil paint on canvas; oval

Credit

Gift of the Berger Collection Educational Trust

More Info

Dimensions

image height: 29 1/4 in, 74.295 cm; image width: 25 in, 63.5000 cm; frame height: 39 in, 99.0600 cm; frame width: 35 in, 88.9000 cm; frame depth: 3 1/8 in, 7.9375 cm

Department

Painting and Sculpture

Collection

Painting & Sculpture-European

Known Provenance

Private collection, USA; Christie’s, New York, December 4, 1996, lot 7; from which acquired by William M. B. Berger and Bernadette Johnson Berger, Denver; Berger Collection Educational Trust; gifted to the Denver Art Museum, 2018. Provenance research is on-going at the Denver Art Museum and we will post information as it becomes available. Please e-mail provenance@denverartmuseum.org, if you have questions, or if you have additional information to share with us.

Caption

Benjamin West 
American, 1738–1820
Mrs. Benjamin West and Her Son Raphael, about 1767
Oil paint on canvas 
Gift of the Berger Collection Educational Trust, 2018.14
 

Extended Info

Benjamin West spent most of his career in England. He served as painter to King George III, creating large-scale pictures of historical and religious subjects. He also painted numerous portraits of his family, such as this image of his wife and eldest son. In designing the picture, West looked to a painting by the Renaissance master Raphael, for whom his son was named. West had seen Raphael's painting Madonna and Child with the Young Saint John while traveling through Italy before settling in England.