Matthew Pratt / The American School / 1765Matthew Pratt
The American School

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Creator Name: Pratt, Matthew
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1734-1805
Creator Name-CRT: Matthew Pratt
Title: The American School
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Creation Start Date: 1765
Creation End Date: 1765
Creation Date: 1765
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 36 x 50 1/4 in. (91.4 x 127.6 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 97.29.3
Credit Line: Gift of Samuel P. Avery, 1897

The picture depicts a scene in the London studio of Benjamin West, who is generally agreed to be the figure standing at the left. Based on comparisons to self-portraits, Pratt seems to be the seated figure at the left who is showing a drawing to West. The identities of the other artists represented in the picture remain uncertain. A recent cleaning has revealed that a chalk underdrawing for a portrait of a lady was represented on the easel painting.

AMICA ID: MMA_.97.29.3
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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