William Penn’s Treaty with the Indians, when he founded the Province of Pensylvania [sic] in North America, 1681

John Hall (1739 - 1797)
Benjamin West (1738 - 1820)

Coloured engraving

published 12 June 1775
  • About the work
    Location
    Country: USA
    City: Washington DC
    Place: British Embassy

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  • About the artist
    Benjamin West was born in Springfield, Pennsylvania. He received some training, probably from John Valentine Haidt, before travelling to Italy in 1760. Whilst there, West met German painter and art critic Anton Raphael Mengs and Scottish history painter Gavin Hamilton. In 1763, he settled in London and exhibited mainly historical subjects, which were well received. In 1772, he became historical painter to King George III and, in 1791, surveyor of the King's pictures - a lucrative position. A founding member of the Royal Academy, West exhibited there from 1769 to 1819 and succeeded Sir Joshua Reynolds as President. As well as painting history subjects, he also painted portraits and landscapes and designed stained-glass.
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    Title
    William Penn’s Treaty with the Indians, when he founded the Province of Pensylvania [sic] in North America, 1681
    Date
    published 12 June 1775
    Medium
    Coloured engraving
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Parker Gallery, May 1979
    GAC number
    14571