Miniature portrait of William West (1723-1793) by John Trumbull

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Miniature portrait of William West (1723-circa 1808) by John Trumbull (1756-1843) of Lebanon and New Haven, Connecticut, 1792 – 1793.


This rare miniature portrait was painted by the Patriot artist, John Trumbull (1756-1843), the son of Connecticut’s Revolutionary War Governor, Johnathan Trumbull I (1710-1785) and an aide-de-camp to General George Washington (1732-1799) during the Revolutionary War. The sitter, William West, was the brother of the noted painter Benjamin West (1738-1820), with whom John Trumbull studied in London in 1780 and 1784. John Trumbull presented this portrait to Benjamin West in London in 1794. After receiving the miniature portrait, Benjamin West wrote to William West, “Time has brought you a great resemblance of our father. I am very happy with the present.”