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Benjamin West, 1738–1820

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
39 1/2 x 29 inches (100.3 x 73.7 cm), Frame: 44 x 34 x 4 1/2 inches (111.8 x 86.4 x 11.4 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
Not on view
IIIF Manifest:

' Art on the Line ' : the Royal Academy Exhibitions at Somerset House 1780-1836 (The Courtauld Gallery, 2001-10-17 - 2002-01-20) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Noble Simplicity and Silent Greatness - Neoclassical Art from 1700 - 1900 (Yale University Art Gallery, 1991-04-26 - 1991-09-29) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Benjamin West (1738-1820) (The Baltimore Museum of Art, 1989-05-28 - 1989-08-20) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Painting in England 1700-1850 - From The Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon (Yale University Art Gallery, 1965-04-15 - 1965-06-20) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

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

Malcolm Cormack, 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) [YCBA]

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

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