About this artwork

This lithograph is widely considered to be the first artist’s lithograph ever made. West, then President of the Royal Academy, was one of a small number of major artists approached by the technique’s inventor, Alois Senefelder, to trial his new process as a means for producing multiple drawings. He termed these early products 'impressions taken from original drawings made on stone'. West has applied the lithographic ink using a pen to draw directly onto the printing stone.

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Benjamin West

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