Benjamin West (1738-1820) enjoyed the patronage of George III for many years and painted historical pictures.
West was born in Pennsylvania. He became president of the Royal Academy in 1792. The Death of Wolfe in 1770 (National Gallery, Ottawa) began a vogue for painting recent historical events in contemporary costume. Many early American artists studied with him.
Why is Benjamin West famous?
Benjamin West was an American painter, active in London from 1763.