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Creator:
Benjamin West, 1738–1820, American, active in Britain (from 1763)
Title:
Figures Looking out to Sea
Date:
undated
Medium:
Graphite on medium, moderately textured, cream, laid paper
Dimensions:
Sheet: 7 1/4 x 9 7/16 inches (18.4 x 24 cm)
Inscription(s)/Marks/Lettering:

Inscribed on verso in graphite, upper center: "& one near [feet?] clear [will?] you see them riding | in their carriages with you remain [happily?] | up to your whim in old gally path & [rags?] | New his what is constantly uppermost in my | Mind is to make myself independent & I would | wish to follow that which would the quickest | enable me to do so painting I am sure will | never answer I have heard of [diffence?] people | in different [professions?] getting rich but I never | heard of a rich painter tho he should live | to a hundred [the never is...crossed out] I am not of a mer[?] | term there after I think a few years [in some? in come?] | [very?] or other [?] enable me to get enough | to live in a comfortable very suited to my | inclinations which I think is no more my | [...reasonably?] & [I think if I was once in that | station...crossed out] I am certain."; inscribed in graphite, upper right" "3"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
B1975.4.789
Classification:
Drawings & Watercolors
Collection:
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
dogs (animals) | fence | figure study | genre subject | hats | men | sea
Access:
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Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:12645
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