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Benjamin West

 
 
Benjamin West Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 25, 2019
1. Benjamin West Marker
Inscription.  Famous American painter; born in this house, Oct. 10, 1738. Best known for the picture, "Penn's Treaty with the Indians." Died 1820, in Europe, where he had lived since 1759.
 
Erected 1947 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Location. 39° 54.29′ N, 75° 21.066′ W. Marker is in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, in Delaware County. Marker is on Visitor's Center Road west of North Chester Road (Pennsylvania Route 320), on the right when traveling west. Marker is located at the southeast corner of the Benjamin West House grounds on the Swarthmore College campus, near the Swarthmore Admissions Visitor Parking lot. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 500 College Avenue, Swarthmore PA 19081, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. J. Edgar Thompson (approx. 1.1 miles away); Rose Valley Historic District (approx. 2 miles away); Minquas’ Path (approx. 2 miles away); The Great Trail (approx. 2 miles away); Mildred Scott Olmsted
Benjamin West Marker (<i>wide view • Benjamin West House in background, obscured by trees</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 25, 2019
2. Benjamin West Marker (wide view • Benjamin West House in background, obscured by trees)
(approx. 2 miles away); Leiper Railway (approx. 2 miles away); John Morton (approx. 2.2 miles away); Soldiers and Sailors of Delaware County Memorial (approx. 2.3 miles away).
 
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1. Benjamin West. Known as the father of American painting and the Raphael of America, Benjamin West created an iconic style in his paintings of historical, landscape, and religious subjects. West was the first American artist who was able to gain international fame from his classical, high style, large-scale, historic paintings in oil on canvas. (Submitted on June 26, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Benjamin West. From the humble circumstances of his birth as the youngest of ten children in Pennsylvania, Benjamin West became one of the most acclaimed artists of his day. Surrounded by little in the way of art in these Quaker surroundings, the precocious young artist moved to Philadelphia to paint portraits. His well-executed paintings of mythological and historical subjects are found in major collections; his portraits include Mary Hopkinson (c. 1764) and a final Self-Portrait (1819), both at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. (Submitted on June 26, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
Benjamin West House (<i>about 50 yards northwest of marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 25, 2019
3. Benjamin West House (about 50 yards northwest of marker)
• currently houses the Swarthmore College Public Safety and Visitor Information offices •

 
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Benjamin West image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 1, 2016
4. Benjamin West
This 1819 self-portrait of Benjamin West hangs in the Smithsonian American Art Museum, transfered from the U.S. Capitol.

Six months before he died, West looked unflinchingly into the mirror to paint his self-portrait. He holds a drawing pencil and wears a painter's robe and beaver hat, which identify him as a founder and president of the Royal Academy of Art. The light is strongest on his face and hands, but the rest of the picture falls into shadow, as if he foresaw his own end. West was official painter to the King of England and the first American artist to gain an international reputation. His example led generations of American artists to measure their art and professional identities by European standards. -- Smithsonian American Art Museum.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on July 19, 2019. This page originally submitted on June 25, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 158 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 26, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   4. submitted on June 26, 2019, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.
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