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Queen Philippa Interceding for the Lives of the Burghers of Calais, 1788

  • Benjamin West, American, 1738-1820

Oil on canvas

  • Unframed: 39 1/2 x 52 1/4 inches (100.3 x 132.7 cm)
  • 47 1/2 x 59 7/8 x 3 inches (120.7 x 152.1 x 7.6 cm)

Gift of James E. Scripps


Signed and dated, lower left: B. West | 1788

June 7-8, 1799, Thomas Hankey sale(Christie's, lot 20, London, England). June 1, 1813, John Willett sale (Peter Coxe, lot 79, London, England). James E. Scripps (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

1889-present, gift to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

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Benjamin West, Queen Philippa Interceding for the Lives of the Burghers of Calais, 1788, oil on canvas. Detroit Institute of Arts, Gift of James E. Scripps, 89.73.