Lot Fleeing from Sodom, 1810

  • Benjamin West, American, 1738-1820

Oil on panel

  • Unframed: 47 1/8 × 78 1/8 inches (119.7 × 198.4 cm)
  • Framed: 54 1/2 × 85 3/8 × 2 1/2 inches (138.4 × 216.9 × 6.4 cm)

Founders Society Purchase, Robert H. Tannahill Foundation Fund

70.831

On View

  • American W272

Department

American Art before 1950

  • Narrative
  • Romantic
  • Religion
  • Oil
  • Panel (wood)
  • Painting (visual work)
  • Landscape
  • England
  • Angels (spirits)

Signed, Marks, Inscriptions

Signed and dated, lower right: B. West | 1810

Provenance

1819, dealer, John Wilson, European Museum (London, England); 1819, Sir John Fleming Leicester, Bt. [later the first Lord de Tabley] (London, England). July 7, 1827, Leicester sale, Christie's, lot 45 (London, England). Mrs. Newton Jackson; 1906, Radley College (Oxfordshire, England). April 6, 1970, sale, Phillip, Son and Neale, lot P90 (London, England). Leger Galleries (London, England); 1970-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

Published References

Carey, William. A Descriptive Catalogue of a Collection of Paintings by British Artists in the Possession of Sir John Fleming of Leicester, Bart. London, 1819, pp. 77-80, no. 26. Young, John. A Catalogue of Pictures by British Artists in the Possession of Sir John Fleming Leicester, Bart. London, 1821, p. 14, no. 30. Hazlitt, William. Complete Works 18: pp. 113-134. London, 1930-1934. Hall, Douglas. “The Tabley House Papers.” Walpole Society 38 (1962): pp. 102, 122. Dillenberger, John. Benjamin West: The Context of his Life’s Work with Particular Attention to Paintings with Religious Subject Matter. San Antonio, 1977, p. 122, no. 82. Farington, Joseph. The Diary of Jospeh Farington 11: p. 3894. New Haven, CT, 1978-1984. Staley, Allen. “West’s Death on a Pale Horse.” Bulletin of the DIA 58, 3 (1980): p. 144 (ill.). Von Erffa, Helmut and Allen Staley. Benjamin West. New Haven, CT, 1986, p.288, no. 238 (ill.). Black, Mary, et al. American Paintings in the Detroit Institute of Arts, Volume One: Works by Artists Born Before 1816. New York, 1991, pp. 245-246, no. 112.

Rights Status

Benjamin West, Lot Fleeing from Sodom, 1810, oil on panel. Detroit Institute of Arts, Founders Society Purchase, Robert H. Tannahill Foundation Fund, 70.831.