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Benjamin West (October 10, 1738 – March 11, 1820) was an Anglo-American history painter around and after the time of the American War of Independence and the Seven Years' War. He was the second president of the Royal Academy in London, serving from 1792 to 1805 and 1806 to 1820. He was offered a knighthood by the British Crown, but declined it, believing that he should instead be made a peer. He said that "Art is the representation of human beauty, ideally perfect in design, graceful and noble in attitude."

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Grand manner

Grand manner is an English term used widely from the eighteenth century to describe what was considered to be the ...

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History painting

The term history painting was introduced in the seventeenth century to describe paintings with subject matter drawn from classical history ...

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Neoclassicism

Neoclassicism was a particularly pure form of classicism that emerged from about 1750

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Classicism

The term classicism is used to describe art that makes reference to ancient Greek or Roman style

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