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Benjamin West

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About 1817, Benjamin West (?) (original commission); about 1817-about 1833, Otway Cave (?), (from West?) (information from back of picture, could not be documented, bought contents of West's studio); about 1833, Cave sale (?); about 1833, T.N. Wheelwright (?) (bought at Cave sale, information from back of picture, could not be documented). By 1878, Stephen Higginson Perkins; 1878, bequeathed by Stephen Higginson Perkins to the MFA [see note 1]; 1928, returned to Perkins' heirs; 1936, MFA (gift of Perkins' heirs). (Accession Date: July 7, 1936) NOTES: [1] reproduced in "MFA Catalogue of Paintings," 1921, p. 152, #438 (inventory number: 78.32).

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Gift of the heirs of Stephen Higginson Perkins


79 x 63.5 cm (31 1/8 x 25 in.)

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Oil on panel