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

Paetus and Arria

Former Title(s):

Non Dolet, Paetus and Arria

Non Dolet: Die Geschichte von Paetus und Arria

Non Dolet- Paetus and Arria

Oil on canvas
36 x 28 inches (91.4 x 71.1 cm) and 42 1/2 × 34 5/8 × 2 5/8 inches (108 × 87.9 × 6.7 cm)

Signed and dated in black paint, lower left and right; on left: "B. West 1766"; on right: "B. West pinxit 1767"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
bust | chair | costume | curtain | dagger | death | emperor | gesture | historical subject | husband | interior | man | scroll (information artifact) | sculpture | suicide | table | wife | woman
Not on view
IIIF Manifest:

The Tragic Muse - Art and Emotion, 1700-1900 (Smart Museum of Art, 2011-02-10 - 2011-06-05) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

The Anglo-American Artist in Italy 1750-1820 (University Art Museum, Santa Barbara, 1982-04-07 - 1982-05-09) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

British Painting and the European Continent (Haus der Kunst Munich, 1979-11-20 - 1980-01-27) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Malcolm Cormack, A Concise Catalogue of Paintings in the Yale Center for British Art, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 1985, pp. 240-241, N590.2 A83 (YCBA) [YCBA]

John Gage, Zwei Jahrhunderte englische Malerei, britische Kunst und Europa 1680 bis 1880 : [Ausstellung] Haus der Kunst Mèunchen, 21. November 1979 bis 27. Januar 1980: [Katalog] , Ausstellungsleitung Haus der Kunst Mèunchen, Mèunchen, 1979, pp. 257-58, no. 133, fig. 133, ND466 Z85 (YCBA) [YCBA]

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

Anne Leonard, The tragic muse : art and emotion, 1700-1900, Smart Museum of Art, Chicago, Ill., 2011, p.75,114, no. 36, fig. 43, N71 L377 2001 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Howard Oakley, Benjamin West and Modern History 1, , The Eclectic Light Company, February 3, 2020, Online, https://eclecticlight.co/2020/02/03/benjamin-west-and-modern-history-1/ [Website]

Steffi Roettgen, Anton Raphael Mengs, 1728-1779, and his British patrons, Zwemmer publisher, London, 1993, pp. 26, 41(note 81), NJ18 M536 R6413 1993 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Helmut von Erffa, The Paintings of Benjamin West, Yale University Press, New Haven, 1986, pp. 38-42, 182, no. 38, NJ18 W52 A12 +E73 Oversize (YCBA) [YCBA]

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