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"Coriolanus" 1788

RH s.d. b.r. "RW Feb 7 1788" CRE WEST, Raphael Lamar; (American; 1769-1850); Attrib. This undocumented drawing must be connected with Alderman Boydell's Shakespeare Gallery which opened in London on 4 May 1789, and to which the young West's father Benjamin was a contributing artist. In this scene (Act V, scene iii), Coriolanus recognizes that the matrons pleading to save Rome are led by his own wife and mother. The disciplined hand of the young Raphael shows a considerable talent for drawing. He remained, however, in the shadow of his celebrated father and too often his work has been confused with that of Benjamin.