Painting, 1808
Benjamin West (1758-1820)
Painted in England
Oil canvas, on wood
23 ½ x 36″
Purchased, 1962(A62.1)

Narcissus was the subject of one of Benjamin West’s most highly praised paintings on a mythical theme. West painted Narcissus in 1808, two years after States Dyckman’s death. He signed and dated the painting in the lower left “B. West 1808”. This painting was displayed at West’s gallery in London during the first quarter of the 1800s. Following West’s death in 1820, the painting was consigned or sold to a fellow member of the Academy. The painting may be seen at the top of the second floor landing at Boscobel House.

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