Benjamin West, P.R.A. 1738 - 1820
Self-portrait of Benjamin West, P.R.A.
Photo: R.A./John Hammond
© Copyright protected
Click here to order image/reproduction rights
Self-portrait of Benjamin West, P.R.A., 1793
Oil on panel, 1015 X 1320 mm
Given by Joseph Neeld, MP, 1830
 Add to Lightbox

West painted this portrait in 1793 a year after his election as President of the Royal Academy. A painter of historical and religious subjects, West alluded to his artistic and intellectual influences by including a cast of the Belvedere Torso and volumes on Greek and English history in the composition. He has shown himself seated on the President's throne and Somerset House, home of the Royal Academy from 1780 to 1837, is shown in the background, as though West is a nobleman before his stately home.

This work is currently on display in the General Assembly Room at the Royal Academy of Arts and can be viewed by attending one of the free tours of the John Madejski Fine Rooms. Click here for further information about the tours

Frames associated with this work