Artist Benjamin West, American, 1738-1820
  • The Baptism of Christ
Date 1813
Medium pen and brush and ink over graphite pencil on paper
Dimensions Sheet: 5 7/8 × 9 inches (14.9 × 22.9 cm)
Mount: 10 × 13 3/16 inches (25.4 × 33.5 cm)
Credit Line City of Detroit Purchase
Accession Number 48.212
Department Prints, Drawings & Photographs
Not On View
Signed Signed and dated, in pen and brown ink, lower left: B. West 1813
Marks Stamped, in black ink, on mount, lower left: Sir Robert Witt (Lugt suppl. 2228b)
Inscriptions Inscribed, in pencil, on mount, lower left: 1653
Inscribed, in pen and brown ink, on mount, center, verso: The Baptism of Our Savior | A design for one of the Pictures, which was painted by | Command of His Majesty George the Third for his intended | Chapel in Windsor Castle [underscore] Benj.. West
Inscribed, in pencil, on mount, lower left, center, verso: Produce of England
Inscribed, in pencil, on mount, lower left corner, verso: a52278

1948-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
von Erffa, H., Staley, A. The Paintings of Benjamin West. New Haven & London, 1986, p. 337.