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Benjamin West
Date: 1738 - 1820
Remarks: Famed 18th century painter of great historical subjects, considered to be at an equal standing with Thomas Gainsborough and Sir Joshua Reynolds. The latter he succeeded as President of the Royal Academy. Such works as "Agrippina with the Ashes of Germanicus" earned him the title of "History Painter to the King" His work became a standard to which other artists judged their artwork.