October 10: Happy birthday, Benjamin West! An English-American painter, West was renowned for his portraits of historical scenes and figures, most famously The Death of General Wolfe. Benjamin Franklin was a close friend, and West painted several portraits of him. West also served as the second president of London’s Royal Academy and taught students as diverse and Charles Wilson Peale, John Trumbull, and Gilbert Stuart.
Portrait of George, First Lord Lyttleton, c. 1772
Oil on canvas
The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute