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Benjamin West, 1738–1820
Cymon and Iphigenia
ca. 1766
Materials & Techniques:
Oil on panel
24 1/8 x 32 1/2 inches (61.3 x 82.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
babies | beauty | children | literary theme | love | mythology | novella | nude | religious and mythological subject | robe | shawls | sleeping | The Decameron (Boccaccio)
Not on view
IIIF Manifest:

A Correct Catalogue of the Works of Mr. West, Public Characters of 1805, p. 529, V2161 (YCBA) [YCBA]

A Correct List of the Works of Mr. West, Universal Magazine, vol. 3, June 1805, p. 530, British Periodicals [ORBIS]

Ann Uhry Abrams, The Valiant Hero : Benjamin West and Grand-Style History Painting, , Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, D.C., 1985, pp. 86, 88, 96, 121, NJ18 .W52 A27 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Robert C. Alberts, Benjamin West : A Biography, Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, 1978, pp. 53, 59, 63, NJ18 W52 A6 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Allentown Art Museum, The World of Benjamin West, Allentown, PA, 1962, p. 30, NJ18 W.52 A.65 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Benjamin West : American Painter at the English Court, The Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, 1989, p. 11, NJ18 W52 S72 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Benjamin West, President of the Royal Academy: the Artist, La Belle Assemblee, p. 6; supplemental p. 17, V2175 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Benjamin West: List of Paintings with Dates Contained in the Article, European Magazine and London Review, September 1794, p. 1, V2180 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Stephen Mark Caffey, An heroics of empire : Benjamin West and anglophone history painting 1764-1774 [PhD Dissertation, University of Texas-Austin], 2008, Austin, Texas, 2008, pp. 99, 394, fig. 37, ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global [ORBIS]

William Carey, Memoirs of Benjamin West, Late President of the Royal Academy of Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture in London, New Monthly Magazine, vol. 8, 1820, pp. 517-8, V2162 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Derrick R. Cartwright, Benjamin West: Allegory and Allegiance, vol. 7, Timken Museum of Art, San Diego, CA, USA, 2004, p. 3, V1398 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Christie's sale catalogue : Pictures by Old Masters and historical portraits the properties of the Right Hon. Earl Fitzwilliam, D.S.C. and the Right Hon. Viscount Harcourt : 11 June 1948, Christie's, London, June 11, 1948, p. 5, lot 35, Fiche B51 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Cymon and Iphigenia (1773), Gazette Des Beaux-Arts, vol. 101, March 1983, pp. 37, Art and Architecture Source [ORBIS]

William Dunlap, History of the Rise and Progress of the Arts of Design in the United States, , B. Blom, New York, 1965, vol. 1, pp. 54, 56, N6505 D85 1965 (YBCA) [ORBIS]

Charles Edwards Lester, The Artists of America: a Series of Biographical Sketches of American Artists: with Portraits and Designs on Steel, Baker & Scribner, New York, 1846, pp. 85, Database: Sabin Americana: History of the Americas, 1500 - 1926 Also available at SML as N6536 L6 1846 [ORBIS]

Dorinda Evans, Benjamin West and His American Students, Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington D.C., 1980, p. 15, ND207 .E94 Oversize (YCBA) [YCBA]

John Galt, Life, Studies, and Works of Benjamin West, Esq./ composed from materials furnished by himself, , T. Caddell and W. Davies, London, 1820, Part I pp. 142, Part II pp. 6 & pp. 226, ND237 .W45 G4 (YCBA) YCBA Rare Books [YCBA]

John Galt, The Life and Studies of Benjamin West Prior to His Arrival in England; comp. from materials furnished by himself, M. Thomas, Philadelphia, PA, USA, 1816, pp. 178, ND237 W45 G3 (YCBA) YCBA Rare Books and Manuscripts [YCBA]

John Galt, The Life of Benjamin West (1816-1820), Scholars' Facsimiles & Reprints, Gainesville, FL, 1960, pp. 226, NJ18 W.52 G.35 1960A (YCBA) [YCBA]

John Galt, The life, studies, and works of Benjamin West, Esq., president of the Royal Academy of London, Gale Primary Source, T. Cadell and W. Davies, London, 1820, p. 6, Gale Primary Sources [ORBIS]

Graham Gallery, Benjamin West, 1738-1820, New York, 1962, unpaginated, no. 6, https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/002752271?type%5B%5D=title&lookfor%5B%5D=benjamin%20west%201738-1820&ft=ft [Website]

Loyd Grossman, Benjamin West and the struggle to be modern, Merrell, London: New York, 2015, p. 210, NJ18.W52 G76 2015 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Jerry Don Meyer, The Religious Paintings of Benjamin West: A Study in Late Eighteenth-Century and Early Nineteenth-Century Moral Sentiment [PhD Dissertation, New York University], New York, 1973, p. 55, ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global [ORBIS]

Robins sale catalogue: Catalogue of a Few Finished Original Pictures, Particularly the First Installation of the Order of the Garter: one of the Most Elaborate Works of the Late Benjamin West, Esq. P.R.A. : 20 and 22 June 1829, Robins, Whiting, London, UK, June 20-22, 1829, pp. 8 lot 96, V2186 [ORBIS]

Society of Artists of Great Britain, A catalogue of the pictures, sculptures, designs in architecture, models, drawings, prints, etc. exhibited by the Society of Artists of Great Britain at the Great Room, Spring Garden, Charing Cross, April the twenty-first, 1766. . ., William Bunce, London, UK, April 21 1766, p. 14, lot 181, N5055 .S6 C3 (RARE BOOKS, YCBA) [ORBIS]

Allen Staley, Copley and West in England 1775-1815, The Burlington Press, London, UK, 2021, pp. 14, 28-30, NJ18 .C75 S73 2021 + Oversize (YCBA) [YCBA]

Helmut von Erffa, The Paintings of Benjamin West, Yale University Press, New Haven, 1986, p. 236, 265-6, 268, no. 196, NJ18 W52 A12 +E73 Oversize (YCBA) [YCBA]

Stanley Weintraub, Benjamin West Drawings from the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, University Park, PA, 1987, pp. 3, 4, NJ18 W.52 W.45 1987 (YCBA) [YCBA]

William Thomas Whitley, Artists and Their Friends in England, 1700-1799, B. Blom, New York, 1968, vol. 1 pp. 195-196, N6766 W45 1968 (YCBA) [YCBA]

William Thomas Whitley, Artists and their Friends in England, 1700-1799, vol. 1, Medici Society, London & Boston, MA, USA, 1928, pp. 195-196, N6766 W45 1928 (YCBA) YCBA Rare Books and Manuscripts [YCBA]

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