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

The Cave of Despair

Former Title(s):

The Cave of Despair from Spencer Windsor Castle

Date:
1772
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
Support (PTG): 24 x 30 inches (61 x 76.2 cm)
Inscription(s)/Marks/Lettering:

Signed and dated in black paint, right center: "B. West | Painted 1772"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
B1977.14.113
Classification:
Paintings
Collection:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
allegory | cave | costume | dagger | death | donkey | fire | knight (landholder) | literature | men | personification | poem | rope | skulls (skeleton components) | suicide | swords | virgin | women
Associated People:
saint
Access:
Not on view
Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:450
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Catherine M. Gordon, British paintings Hogarth to Turner, Frederick Warne, London, 1981, p. 70, ND466 G67 (YCBA)

Helmut von Erffa, The Paintings of Benjamin West, Yale University Press, New Haven, 1986, pp. 76, 78-79, 82, no. 220, NJ18 W52 A12 +E73 Oversize (YCBA)


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