Artist Benjamin West, American, 1738-1820
  • Paddington Canal
Date 1801
Medium Oil on panel
Dimensions Unframed: 39 × 56 1/2 inches (99.1 × 143.5 cm)
Framed: 45 5/8 × 62 1/4 × 3 1/2 inches (115.9 × 158.1 × 8.9 cm)
Credit Line Gift of Dexter M. Ferry, Jr.
Accession Number 57.247
Department American Art before 1950
On View American W272, Level 2 (see map)
Signed Signed and dated, lower center: B. West 1801
May 22-25, 1829, West sale, George Robins, lot 59 (London, England).
1829, Henry Pierce Bone (London, England).
1921, dealer, Daniel H. Farr (New York, New York, USA).
1954, dealer, Victor Spark (New York, New York, USA).
Hirschl and Adler Galleries (New York, New York, USA).
1957-present, gift to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
“A Correct Catalogue of the Works of Mr. West.” Public Characters of 1805 (1805): p. 566.

“A Correct List of the Works of Mr. West.” Universal Magazine 3 (1805): p. 530.

Barlow, Joel. The Columbiad. A Poem. Philadelphia, 1807, p. 435.

“A Correct Catalogue of the Works of Benjamin West, Esq.” La Belle Assemblee or Bell’s Court and Fashionable Magazine 4 (1808): p. 17.

Galt, John. The Life and Works of Benjamin West, ESQ., President of the Royal Academy of London, Subsequent to his Arrival in the Country. London, 1820, p. 228.

West, Benjamin. Letter from the sons of Benjamin West, deceased, late President of the Royal Academy of London, offering to sell to the government of the United States sundry paintings of that artist. 9th Congress, 2nd session, doc. No. 8, House of Reps, 1826, p. 5, no. 29.

Smith, John Thomas. Nollekens and his Times, Vol. 1. London, 1828, pp. 383-384.

Benjamin West Memorial Exhibition. Exh. cat., Philadelphia Art Alliance. Philadelphia, 1921, no. 17.

Dillenberger, John. Benjamin West: The Context of his Life’s Work with Particular Attention to Paintings with Religious Subject Matter. San Antonio, 1977, p. 173.

Rivard, Nancy. “American Paintings at the Detroit Institute of Arts.” Antiques 114, 2 (November 1978): p. 1046 (pl. 2).

Von Erffa, Helmut and Allen Staley. Benjamin West. New Haven, CT, 1986, pp. 426-427, no. 466 (ill.).

Black, Mary, et al. American Paintings in the Detroit Institute of Arts, Volume One: Works by Artists Born Before 1816. New York, 1991, pp. 241-243, no. 110.