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

Photo ©2014, Detroit Institute of Arts

Queen Philippa Interceding for the Lives of the Burghers of Calais

Benjamin West(American, 1738-1820)

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“I love the history depicted in this painting. The resolute faces of the burghers show such strength. West conveys so clearly the queen's compassion while pleading to the guards. I also love the richness of the queen's gown and the detailed armor on the guard. ”

Kathleen Mourad, Volunteer

Date
1788
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
Canvas: 39 1/2 x 52 1/4 in. (100.3 x 132.7 cm) Framed: 47 1/2 x 59 7/8 x 3 in.
Department
American Art before 1950
Classification
Paintings
Credit
Gift of James E. Scripps
Accession No.
89.73
Provenance
Thomas Hankey sale, Christie's, London, June 7-8, 1799, lot 20. John Willett sale, Peter Coxe, London, June 1, 1813, lot 79. James E. Scripps, Detroit. Acquired in 1889.
Keywords
canvas, oil, paint, history, narrative
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