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Allegory of Botany
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Allegory of Botany


Benjamin West (1738 - 1820)

Pen and ink, wash (brown and blue) on paper

Height: 36.3 cm; Width: 47.9 cm;

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Witt, Robert Clermont (Sir); bequest; 1952

About this work
This large allegorical drawing, which mimics the appearance of a sculptural relief,

combines classical motifs with unusual elements, such as the exotic plants at

right. The American-born West, one of the founding members of the Royal Academy and its second president, was commissioned to provide designs for a series of thirteen panels to decorate the ceiling of the Queen’s Lodge at Windsor. Each painted panel represented a different branch of science or commerce; they were destroyed in 1823 and only West’s designs survive. (Permanent collection label)

This work is not on display
While we make every effort to ensure this information is correct, displays are subject to last-minute changes.

Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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