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Benjamin West, 1738–1820, American, active in Britain (from 1763)

The Apotheosis of Nelson

Former Title(s):

Project for a Monument, 'The Apotheosis of Nelson', signed and dated 1807

Project for the Monument of the Apotheosis of Lord Nelson

Project for a Monument…

Sketch for a Monument to Lord Nelson

Oil on canvas
Support (PTG): 39 1/2 x 29 inches (100.3 x 73.7 cm)

Signed and dated in black paint, lower left: "B. West 1807."

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
admiral | allegory | architectural subject | babies | cannon | cannonballs | cherubs | children | columns (architectural elements) | costume | death | divine | engraving (incising) | flags | hero | laurel | lifting | lion | memorial | men | military art | monument | mythology | painting (visual work) | raising (lifting) | relief (sculpture) | sculpture | sea | shelf | ships | soldiers | sword | triumph | trompe-l'oeil | women
On view in the galleries
IIIF Manifest:

Robert C. Alberts, Benjamin West : A Biography, Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, 1978, pp. 326-27, 463, NJ18 W52 A6 (YCBA)

Art on the line : the Royal Academy exhibitions at Somerset House, 1780-1836 : [catalogue of works], , The Courtauld Gallery, London, 2001, no. 90, V 0909 (YCBA)

John Baskett, Painting in England: 1700-1850: the Collection of English paintings formed by Mr and Mrs Paul Mellon : on Exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, until August 18th, , Connoisseur, Vol. 153, London, June 1963, p. 102, N1 C75 + (YCBA)

Malcolm Cormack, A Concise Catalogue of Paintings in the Yale Center for British Art, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 1985, pp. 242-243, N590.2 A83 (YCBA)

Catherine M. Gordon, British paintings Hogarth to Turner, Frederick Warne, London, 1981, p. 70, ND466 G67 (YCBA)

Alex Kidson, Earlier British paintings in the Walker Art Gallery and Sudley House, Liverpool University Press, Liverpool, 2012, pp. 243, 246, fn 19, ND466 .K537 2012 (YCBA)

Painting in England 1700-1850 from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, The Royal Academy of Arts Winter Exhibition 1964-65., , Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK, 1964, pp. 68-9 (v.1), no. 248, ND466 R68 1964/65 (YCBA) Also available on Microfiche: Fiche B214 (YCBA)

Painting in England 1700-1850, collection of Mr. & Mrs. Paul Mellon. , Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA, 1963, pp. 195-6, no. 374, pl. 202, ND466 V57 v.1-2 (YCBA)

Royal Academy of Arts, Exhibition Catalogue. 1807. 39th., Exhibition of the Royal Academy of Arts, vol. 39, B. McMillan, London, 1807, pp. 9-10, no. 194, N5065 A53 vol. 2 (YCBA)

David H. Solkin, Art in Britain 1660-1815, Yale University Press, New Haven, 2015, p. 309-310, 311, fig. 313, N6766 S65 2015 OVERSIZE (YCBA)

David H. Solkin, Art on the Line : the Royal Academy Exhibitions at Somerset House 1780-1836, , Yale University Press, New Haven, CT, 2001, Foldout No. 79, N5054 A78 2001B (YCBA)

Helmut von Erffa, The Paintings of Benjamin West, Yale University Press, New Haven, 1986, pp. 223-25,400, 438, no. 110, , NJ18 W52 A12 +E73 Oversize (YCBA)

Yale University Art Gallery, Painting in England, 1700-1850, from the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, [exhibition at] Yale University Art Gallery, April 15-June 20, 1965. , vol. 1, W. Clowes and sons, New Haven, 1965, pp. 58-9 (v.1), no. 218, ND466 Y35 (YCBA)

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