Historical Portraits Picture Archive

Pyrrhus as a Child, 1780s 

Benjamin West PRA (1738-1820)

Pyrrhus as a Child, 1780s, Benjamin West
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Oil on canvas
18th Century
22 x 26 inches 56 x 66 cm
 
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This heroic grisaille - or rather brunaille - may be the study for a larger unlocated or unexecuted composition, or it may equally have been painted for its own sake, an elegant exercise comparable to the brunaille mythological scenes painted by Fragonard.
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