1793 BENJAMIN WEST -LARGE RARE ORIG. ENGRAV. KING LEAR

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  • Sold Date: Jul 06, 2009
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1793 BENJAMIN WEST -LARGE RARE ORIG. ENGRAV. KING LEAR

BENJAMIN WEST

"LEAR IN THE STORM "

In 1793 the master British engraver, William Sharp ( 1749 - 1824 ), commissioned by John Boydell, created what many print connoisseurs consider to be his masterpiece, The King Lear Print, also know as the "The West/Sharp Lear". Acknowledged as the most important and dramatic interpretation of the American painter, Benjamin West's ( 1738 - 1820 ) masterpiece oil, King Lear ( now in the Museum of Fine Arts. Boston ). The work is also the earliest and most important recording of West's masterpiece, and one of the greatest graphic interpretations known of Shakespeare's work. This print is found in many of the great American and British collections including the Smithsonian and the British Museum. An edition of this print was in the collection of Thomas Jefferson. West was the second President of the Royal Academy in London and a personal friend of William Sharp. Sharp's incredible technique of fine line engraving ( working under magnifing dishes ) on a copper plate, exceeds the quality and detail of most bank note engravings.

This very rare fine line engraving is printed on laid rag paper measureing 17 1/2 inches by 24 3/4 inches ( including the the sepia titled legend below the image ): This work is a proof edition before
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