Benjamin West, English (born America), 1738 - 1820
Oil on slateDimensions:
15 3/4 x 12 1/16 inches (40 x 30.6 cm)Curatorial Department:
European Painting before 1900, Johnson CollectionObject Location:
* Gallery 292, European Art 1500-1850, second floor (Haas Gallery)Accession Number:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. D. Clifford Ruth, 1967
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Offered by West's sons to the United States in 1826 and sold by them, Robins, London, May 22-25, 1829, no. 52 to John Nash; his sale, Christie's, London, July 11, 1835, no. 78. The Honorable Colonel Stuart, London . Thomas Francis Robins . With Renaissance Galleries, Philadelphia; with Hammer Galleries, New York, 1941 ; Mr. and Mrs. D. Clifford Ruth, Bryn Mawr, PA; gift to PMA, 1967.
1. According to a handwritten note on the verso of the painting, probably written about 1872, it was "originally in the collection of the Honorable Col. Stuart, twin brother of Francis, 9th Earl of Moray." The 9th Earl of Moray had a brother named James who was a colonel, but they were not twins. The 10th Earl of Moray had a twin brother named Archibald. See von Erffa and Staley, no. 365, no. 4.
2. The note on the verso refers to a gift to Thomas Francis Robins as a "memento of grateful regard from . . . Christmas Eve 1872."
3. Catalogued in 1941 as "The Transfiguration."* Works in the collection are moved off view for many different reasons. Although gallery locations on the website are updated regularly, there is no guarantee that this object will be on display on the day of your visit.