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A genius summoning the arts and sciences in Great Britain. Etching by F. Bartolozzi, 1791, after B. West.

  • West, Benjamin, 1738-1820.
Octr. 1 1789
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About this work


In the centre a winged genius alights from the sky holding a torch. Left, people with instruments for navigation and geography. Right, representatives of painting, architecture (holding a column), music (singing and playing pipes), sculpture (using a mallet to make an oval bas-relief portrait of King George III), astronomy (telescope), geometry etc.

In the sky at left is an H with a disk attached, which is a symbol of Uranus, discovered by Sir William Herschel in 1781 (von Erffa and Staley, op. cit. p. 410)


London (Newman Street) : Published as the Act directs by B. West, Octr. 1 1789.

Physical description

1 print : etching, in oval ; platemark 54.2 x 67 cm


B. West invt. Historical painter to his Majesty, R.A. F. Bartolozzi sculpt. Historical engraver to his Majesty

References note

Helmut von Erffa and Allen Staley, The paintings of Benjamin West, New Haven 1986, no. 435, pp. 409-411


Wellcome Library no. 2855886i

Reproduction note

After: an oil sketch by West, subsequently in the M.H. De Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco, for a ceiling painting by Haas painted for King George III in the Queen's Lodge, Windsor. The building and the ceiling were destroyed by King George IV in 1823


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