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Benjamin West, 1738–1820, American, active in Britain (from 1763)
John Eardley Wilmot
Oil on canvas
Support (PTG): 41 1/2 x 58 1/4 inches (105.4 x 148 cm)

Label on verso, upper center, handwritten: “Property of Late | Sir John Eardley-Wilmot | 40 [...] Dom | X2 Upperch[...] Row, | London S.W.3”; upper center: “Pitt & Scott Ltd | London | G. [handwritten] 561 | #223 | [typed] 0502”

Signed and dated, lower right: "B. West | 1812-"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
allegory | book | chair | costume | curtain | gesture | interior | judge | man | Native American | painting (visual work) | papers | portrait | shield | table
Associated People:
Wilmot, Sir John Eardley Eardley-, first baronet (1783–1847), politician and colonial administrator
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Ann Uhry Abrams, The Valiant Hero : Benjamin West and Grand-Style History Painting, , Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, D.C., 1985, pp. 198-199, fig. 131, NJ18 W52 A27 (YCBA)

Dominic Aidan Bellenger, French Exiled Clergy in the British Isles After 1789, Bath, England: Downside Abbey, 1986, pp. vi, 14, BX4676 B44 1986

Barry Cahill, Black Loyalist Myth in Atlantic Canada, Acadiensis, vol 29, Autumn 1999, p. 76, F1035 8 A22 Available online via JSTOR

Marshall B. Davidson, Horizon History of the World in 1776, American Heritage Publishing Co., New York, 1975, p. 319, D289 D35 OVERSIZE (YCBA)

John Eardley-Wilmot, Historical View of the commission for Enquiring into the Losses, Services, and Claims of the American loyalists, at the Close of the War Between Great Britain and Her Colonies, in 1783, J Nichols, Son, and Bentley, London, 1815, pp. vii-viii, CB 18 880

John Eardley-Wilmot, Letter to Benjamin West, , 12 June 1809, Box 2 Folder 57, OSB MSS 54 (BRBL)

Lewis Einstein, Divided Loyalties: Americans in England During the War of Independence, Cobden-Sanderson, London, 1933, pp. 241-242, CB18 739

Algernon Graves, The Royal Academy of Arts, A complete dictionary of contributors and their work from its foundation in 1769 to 1904 , , Henry Graves & Co., London, 1905 - 1906, vol. 8, p. 220, 1812, no. 58, N5054 G73 (YCBA)

Hugh Honour, The Image of the Black in Western Art Vol. 4 From the American Revolution to World War I, Part 1 Slaves and Liberators , vol. 4, part 1, Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA, 1989, pp. 100-01, 321 note 256, fig. 51, N8232 .I42 2010 vol. 4:1 + OVERSIZE (YCBA) Citations are to Vol. 4, Part 1

Maya Jasanoff, Other side of Revolution: Loyalists in the Brititsh Empire, The William and Mary Quarterly, vol. 65, April 2008, pp. 217-222, F221 W55

Geraldine Keen, £68,000 for a George Stubbs Horse and Groom, The Times (London), London, Thursday, November 19, 1970, p. 5, Available online : Times Digital Archive Also available on Microfilm : An T482 (SML)

Ruth S. Kraemer, Drawings by Benjamin West and His Son, Raphael Lamar West, Pierpont Morgan Library, New York, 1975, pp.52-53, no. 93, NJ18 W52 +K73 Oversize (YCBA)

Linda Landis, Benjamin West's Portrait of John Eardley-Wilmot, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Ct., 1983, p. 1, V0102

The Annual Biography and Obituary for the Year 1817, vol 1, Longman, London, 1817, p. 40, Bd8 5

H. C. G. Matthew, Oxford dictionary of national biography, in association with the British Academy : from the earliest times to the year 2000 , vol. 59, Oxford University Press, Oxford ; New York, 2004, p. 468, DA28 .D5 2004

Mary Beth Norton, Eardley-Wilmot, Britannia, and the Loyalists: A Painting by Benjamin West, Perspectives in American History, vol. 6, 1972, pp. 119-131, E11 P47 (SML)

Susan Rather, Benjamin West, John Gaft, and the Biography of 1816, Art Bulletin, vol. 86, June 2004, pp. 329, 342, N11 C4 86 (oversize serials) (YCBA) (HAAS)

Susan Rather, The American school : artists and status in the late-colonial and early national era, Yale University Press, New Haven, 2016, pp. 206 (color detail), 213, 214, fig. 158, N6507 .R38 2016 (YCBA)

William Roberts, Sir William Beechey, R. A., Duckworth and Co., New York; London, 1907, p.124, NJ18 B375 R63 (YCBA)

Exhibition Catalogue. 1812. 44th., Exhibition of the Royal Academy of Arts, no. 44, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1812, p. 5, no. 58, N5054 A53 29-49 (YCBA)

Simon Schama, Rough Crossings: Britain, the Slaves and the American Revolution., BBC Books, London, 2005, p. 179, plate 10, E446 S326 2005 (YCBA)

James H. Stark, Loyalists of Massachusetts and the Other Side of the American Revolution, Boston, 1910, pp. 213-214, CH7 41 (SML)

Helmut von Erffa, The Paintings of Benjamin West, Yale University Press, New Haven, 1986, pp. 28, 219, 565-67, no. 718, NJ18 W52 A12 +E73 Oversize (YCBA)

Sotheby's sale catalogue : Catalogue of Important Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Pictures : 18 November 1970., Sotheby's, London, November 18, 1970, pp. 40-41, lot 60, Auction Catalogues (YCBA) Also available ion microfilm : Film B12, reel 160. (YCBA)

[ Front Matter ] : Sotheby's Advertisement for Sale on November 18, 1970 (Important Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Pictures), Burlington Magazine, vol. 112,no.812, November 1970, p. xkvii, N1 B87 + (YCBA) Available online through JStor.

Royal Academy, Morning Chronicle, Issue No. 13414, May 5, 1812, p. 3, Available Online: 19th Century British Library Newspapers

[ Advertisement ] : Sotheby's : Important Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Pictures [Sale date : 18 November 1970 ], , The Times (London), London, November 10. 1970, p. 22, Available online : Times Digital Archive Also available on Microfilm : An T482 (SML)

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