Mar 6, 2023
Mar 6, 2023

British Manufactory; A Sketch

British Manufactory; A Sketch


Benjamin West

(American, 1738–1820)

Oil on paper mounted on wood

Framed: 67.4 x 80 x 5.2 cm (26 9/16 x 31 1/2 x 2 1/16 in.); Unframed: 51 x 65 cm (20 1/16 x 25 9/16 in.)

Gift of the John Huntington Art and Polytechnic Trust 1919.1018

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Benjamin West was the first American artist to attain international fame.


As part of his work for the British court, Benjamin West produced several compositions celebrating the strength of the nation's economy. In this example, women in classical costumes paint vases, spin, and weave—a comparison of British manufacturing with the accomplishments of antiquity. One of a series of nine related sketches, this design was copied as a large mural decorating the Queen's Lodge at Windsor Castle, a room eliminated by remodeling in 1823.

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