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The Expulsion of Adam and Eve from Paradise

A work made of oil on canvas.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

1791, retouched 1803

Artist:

Benjamin West
British, born in America, 1738-1820

About this artwork

This tumultuous scene shows Adam and Eve, the first man and woman in the Hebrew Bible, being driven out of the Garden of Eden. Benjamin West created it as a preparatory sketch for one of several large paintings intended for a chapel in Windsor Castle, an ancient seat of the British monarchy that was undergoing restoration in the late 18th century. West worked on the project for two decades, but King George III abandoned plans for the chapel’s decoration and the paintings were never installed.

One of the earliest American artists to achieve international renown, West spent much of his career in London. There, he served as a teacher and mentor to a generation of younger American artists who trained abroad, including Rembrandt Peale and Thomas Sully.

Status

On View, Gallery 169

Department

Painting and Sculpture of Europe

Artist

Benjamin West

Title

The Expulsion of Adam and Eve from Paradise

Place

England (Object made in)

Date

1791

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Inscribed in clouds near left edge: B West 1791./retouched. 1803

Dimensions

48.6 × 72.9 cm (19 1/8 × 28 11/16 in.)

Credit Line

George F. Harding Collection

Reference Number

1984.175

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