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Benjamin West: America's First Painter

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Social Studies +1 Age Levels Middle School (13 to 15 years old), High School (16 to 18 years old)

Benjamin West began painting in America during the late colonial period. His works represented a variety of styles. He was equally good at portraiture which was what most customers wanted and romantic renditions of battle scenes. Later in his career he devoted much of his time to Greek and Roman mythological themes.

Bejnamin West

National Portrait Gallery

Jane Galloway (Mrs. Joseph Shippen) (1745-1801), (painting)

Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums

Death of Socrates, (painting)

Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums

Benjamin West

National Portrait Gallery

Mary Hopkinson, (painting)

Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums

Helen Brought to Paris

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Portrait of Mrs. Benjamin West and Her Son Raphael, (painting)

Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums

Daniel Interpreting to Balshazzar the Handwriting on the Wall, (painting)

Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums

Gifts of the Magi, (painting)

Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums

Holy Family, (painting)

Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums

Abraham and Isaac Proceeding to Mount Moriah, (painting)

Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums

Postcard of Self Portrait by Benjamin West

Smithsonian Archives - History Div

10c Benjamin West single

National Postal Museum