Saul Prophesying (Compositional Study for "Saul Before Samuel and the Prophets")

Benjamin West, American, 1738 - 1820


about 1812

Pen and brown ink (probably iron gall ink) on wove paper

Sheet: 5 1/2 × 9 1/16 in. (14 × 23 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Purchased through the Julia L. Whittier Fund



Place Made: United States, North America


19th century

Object Name


Research Area


Not on view


Not signed.

Publication History

Robyn Asleson and Shelley M. Bennett, British Paintings at The Huntington, New Haven, Connecticut and London: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in association with Yale University Press, 2001, 568 pp., ill. p. 502.

Barbara J. MacAdam, Marks of Distinction, Two Hundred Years of American Drawings and Watercolors from the Hood Museum of Art, Manchester, Vermont: Hudson Hills Press, 2005, ill. p. 249.


Collection of H. H. Margary; Sotheby's, London, Sale October 25, 1961, lot 21; purchased by Agnew's; sold to Alan Gallery, New York, March 19, 1962; sold to present collection, August 1, 1962.

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