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Benjamin West
(1738 - 1820)

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1738 Born 10 October in Springfield, Pennsylvania
1738 Labelled a child prodigy when, at the age of six, he begins painting with a brush made from his catís tail
1746 Paints in Philadelphia and New York for 13 years
1754 His Quaker community approves art training for him
1760 Travels to Italy
1763 Settles in London
1764 First exhibits at the Society of Artists
1768 Helps found the Royal Academy of Arts
1769 George III commissions the first of some sixty paintings
1772 Appointed historical painter to the court
1792 Elected president of the Royal Academy
1802 Visits Paris
1820 Dies 11 March in London
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