Benjamin West

1738 - 1820

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Benjamin West (October 10, 1738 – March 11, 1820) was an American artist, who painted famous historical scenes such as The Death of Nelson, The Death of General Wolfe, and Benjamin Franklin Drawing Electricity from the Sky. Entirely self-taught, West soon gained valuable patronage, and he toured Europe, eventually settling in London. He impressed George III and was largely responsible for the launch of the Royal Academy, of which he became the second president (after Sir Joshua Reynolds). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Benjamin West has received more than 449,211 page views. His biography is available in 27 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 26 in 2019). Benjamin West is the 803rd most popular painter (up from 1,053rd in 2019), the 2,700th most popular biography from United States (up from 3,854th in 2019) and the 31st most popular American Painter.

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Among painters, Benjamin West ranks 803 out of 1,428Before him are Alexei Savrasov, André Beauneveu, Raja Ravi Varma, Jean Metzinger, Konstantin Korovin, and Marie-Guillemine Benoist. After him are Giampietrino, Claude Gillot, Françoise Gilot, Effie Gray, Joseph Anton Koch, and Mariano Fortuny.

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Among people born in 1738, Benjamin West ranks 14Before him are Charles Cornwallis, 1st Marquess Cornwallis, Thomas Abbt, Ethan Allen, Johann Hermann, Aleijadinho, and William Cavendish-Bentinck, 3rd Duke of Portland. After him are Arthur Phillip, Jacques François Dugommier, Jacques Delille, Adolphus Frederick IV, Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, John Singleton Copley, and Leopold Hofmann. Among people deceased in 1820, Benjamin West ranks 23Before him are Clement Mary Hofbauer, Jean-Lambert Tallien, Augustin Barruel, Constantin François de Chassebœuf, comte de Volney, Daniel Boone, and Nguyễn Du. After him are Anders Sparrman, Princess Frederica Charlotte of Prussia, Gerhard von Kügelgen, Alexis Thérèse Petit, Arthur Young, and Princess Adelheid of Anhalt-Bernburg-Schaumburg-Hoym.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Benjamin West ranks 2,700 out of 15,968Before him are Edward Herrmann (1943), Linda Kozlowski (1958), Terry Crews (1968), James E. Webb (1906), Matthew Modine (1959), and David Soul (1943). After him are Elbridge Gerry (1744), Nikki Sixx (1958), William C. Durant (1861), Michael Kamen (1948), Tom Savini (1946), and Joe Rosenthal (1911).

Among PAINTERS In United States

Among painters born in United States, Benjamin West ranks 31Before him are Carl Andre (1935), Bruce Nauman (1941), Donald Judd (1928), Dorothea Tanning (1910), Cindy Sherman (1954), and Will Sampson (1933). After him are George Segal (1924), James Rosenquist (1933), Evel Knievel (1938), Winslow Homer (1836), Sam Francis (1923), and Grandma Moses (1860).