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Title

Joshua passing the River Jordan with the ark of the covenant

1800

Artist

Benjamin West

United States of America

10 Oct 1738 - 11 Mar 1820

Alternate image of Joshua passing the River Jordan with the ark of the covenant by Benjamin West
Alternate image of Joshua passing the River Jordan with the ark of the covenant by Benjamin West
Alternate image of Joshua passing the River Jordan with the ark of the covenant by Benjamin West
Alternate image of Joshua passing the River Jordan with the ark of the covenant by Benjamin West
Alternate image of Joshua passing the River Jordan with the ark of the covenant by Benjamin West
Alternate image of Joshua passing the River Jordan with the ark of the covenant by Benjamin West
Alternate image of Joshua passing the River Jordan with the ark of the covenant by Benjamin West
Alternate image of Joshua passing the River Jordan with the ark of the covenant by Benjamin West
  • Details

    Other Title
    Joshua passing the Jordan with the Ark of the Covenant
    Date
    1800
    Media category
    Painting
    Materials used
    oil on wood panel
    Dimensions
    53.2 x 75.5 x 1 cm panel; 67.7 x 89.5 x 5.6 cm frame
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated l.c., black paint "B West 1800".

    Credit
    Purchased 1970
    Location
    15th–19th c European art
    Accession number
    30.1971
    Copyright

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    Artist information
    Benjamin West

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  • About

    Benjamin West was an American artist, self-taught but who went on to gain powerful patrons throughout the American Colonies and later in England for his history paintings. After touring Europe, West settled in London at the age of 25. Mixing with influential people, West was introduced to King George III, and was instrumental in gaining the king's support to found London's Royal Academy in 1771. After Sir Joshua Reynolds, West was the RA's second president. In 1772, West was appointed offical history painter to the court and Surveyor of the King’s Pictures.

    The Ark of the Covenant was a gold-covered wooden chest described in the Bible's Book of Exodus as containing the stone tablets of the Ten Commandments. When, after 40 years of wandering the desert the Israelites arrived at the banks of the River Jordan, Joshua - Moses' successor - carried the Ark ahead to lead the Israelites' miraculous advance over the river towards the Promised Land.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 4 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 10 publications

  • Provenance

    West, 1800-1826, England, Study for a painting intended for King George III. Sold by West's sons to the United States in 1826 (113).

    Robins, 1826-22 May 1829, United States of America, Purchased by Robins at the West sale, lot 113

    Albert, post 22 May 1829, Purchased by Albert, lot 45 'Joshua crossing the Jordan with the Ark'

    Sabin Galleries Ltd., London, pre 06 Nov 1970, London/England, Purchased by the AGNSW from Sabin Galleries 1970

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