General Monck Receiving Charles II on the Beaches of Dover

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Benjamin West (American, 1738–1820)
General Monck Receiving Charles II on the Beaches of Dover, 1782
Oil on canvas
60 × 85 in. (152.4 × 215.9 cm)
Layton Art Collection, Inc., Purchase L1964.6
Photo credit: John R. Glembin
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Painted in 1782 at the peak of Benjamin West's career, this historical scene represents the restoration of the English monarchy to power. Charles II (1630-1685) is in the center of the composition, being received in 1660 by General Monk and a delegation of nobility upon his return to Dover after a long period of political unrest. West was the first American painter to achieve an international reputation, and was regarded in his day as the greatest artist in England. In London, West held positions of great prominence as historical painter to George III and as president of the Royal Academy.

Publication History
Eastberg, John C. and Eric Vogel. Layton’s Legacy: A Historic American Art Collection 1888–2013. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Layton Art Collection, Inc., 2013, p. 342-5, color pl. 29, p. 342, color illus. p. 331, color detail p. 343, 344-5. Milwaukee Art Museum News, May 2007, no page number, color detail. Baltimore Museum of Art. Benjamin West. Baltimore: Baltimore Museum of Art, 1989, p. 63, cat. 29, b/w illus. Erffa, Helmut von, and Allen Staley. The Paintings of Benjamin West. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1986, no. 48, 68, 70, color illus. p. 75, 206, 427. Goldstein, Rosalie, ed. Guide to the Permanent Collection. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Milwaukee Art Museum, 1986, p. 74, b/w illus. p. 74. Graves, Algernon. The Royal Academy of Arts: A Complete Dictionary of Contributors and Their Work from Its Foundation in 1769 to 1904. Vol. 8. New York: B. Franklin, 1972, p. 214. New York Historical Society Journal (July 1959): illus. p. 296.
Exhibition History
Benjamin West, Baltimore Museum of Art, May 28–August 20, 1989. American Painting 1760–1960, Milwaukee Art Center, 1960. Royal Academy, London, 1783, no. 91.

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