Artist Benjamin West, American, 1738-1820
Title
  • Cupid Inspiring a Maiden
  • Cupid Inspiring a Maiden to Write of Love (alternate title)
Date 1765
Medium pen and brown ink on blue laid paper
Dimensions Sheet: 12 3/4 × 9 inches (32.4 × 22.9 cm)
Mount: 18 × 14 1/4 inches (45.7 × 36.2 cm)
Credit Line City of Detroit Purchase
Accession Number 48.206
Department Prints, Drawings & Photographs
Not On View
Signed Signed and dated, in pen and brown ink, lower left: B. West 1765
Signed, in pen and brown ink, on mount, center, verso: Benj..West
Marks Printed, on label, affixed to mount, lower center: SIR BENJAMIN WEST, P.R.A
Stamped, on mount, in black ink, lower left: Sir Robert Witt (Lugt supplement 2228b)
Printed, on label, affixed to mount, upper left, verso: F.TANTON, F.A.I., | 341
Printed, on label, affixed to mount, center, verso: 265 Cupid inspiring a Maiden to write of | Love, 12½in. by 9in., pen-and-ink on a slate grey | ground, within a border of vari-coloured wash | and lines, cardboard mount s.b. & f., | d.1785...
Stamped, in black ink, lower right, verso: Sir Robert Witt (Lugt suppl. 2228b)
Inscriptions Inscribed, in pencil, on mount, lower right: Signed on back
Inscribed, in pencil, on mount, lower left: 2480
Inscribed, in blue pencil, on mount, upper center, verso: WCA 1063
Inscribed, in pencil, on mount, lower left, verso: West | Cupid inspiring a Maiden to write of love | Produce of England
1948-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)