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Woodcutters in Windsor Park

Benjamin West (American, 1738-1820)


Born in Pennsylvania, Benjamin West studied painting in Rome in his early twenties and moved to England in 1763, where he remained for the rest of his career. The setting for this landscape is the Queen's Lodge in the Great Park at Windsor, where woodcutters are shown making a clearing to provide a "view." Such vistas were an essential part of 18th-century English landscape design. The landscape was painted the same year West began work on a major cycle of decorations for the chapel at Windsor Castle.

Object Information

artist
Benjamin West (American, 1738-1820)
creation date
1795
materials
oil on canvas
dimensions
26-1/2 x 35 in.
accession number
50.29
credit line
Gift of Mrs. Nicholas H. Noyes
copyright
Public Domain
collection
American Painting and Sculpture to 1945
colors