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date: 21 September 2019

West, Benjaminlocked

(10 October 1738–11 March 1820)
  • Allen Staley

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West, Benjamin (10 October 1738–11 March 1820), painter, was born in Springfield, Pennsylvania, the son of John West, an innkeeper, and his second wife, Sarah Pearson. Although both his parents had Quaker backgrounds and Springfield was a Quaker community, West was not himself a Quaker. As a boy he had some encouragement from an obscure English-born artist, ...

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