Artist Benjamin West, American, 1738-1820
Title
  • Dido Surprised at the Departure of Aeneas
  • Ariadne at the Seashore (alternate title)
Date between 18th and 19th century
Medium pen and brown ink and wash on paper
Dimensions Sheet: 5 3/8 × 5 15/16 inches (13.7 × 15.1 cm)
Mount: 7 5/8 × 8 1/8 inches (19.4 × 20.6 cm)
Credit Line City of Detroit Purchase
Accession Number 48.210
Department Prints, Drawings & Photographs
Not On View
Signed Signed, in pen and brown ink, on mount, center, verso: Benj..West
Marks Stamped, in black ink, on mount, lower right, verso: Sir Robert Witt (Lugt suppl. 2228b)
Inscriptions Inscribed, in blue pencil, on mount, center top, verso: WCA 1058
Inscribed, in pen and brown ink, on mount, center, verso: Dido Surprised at the Departure of Aneas
Inscribed, in pencil, on mount, lower left, verso: 677 Produce of England
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. 230.