WEST, Benjamin
(b. 1738, Springfield, d. 1820, London)

Cupid Releasing Two Doves

1798
Oil on panel, 143 x 100 cm
Private collection

This well-preserved panel is among West's finest mythological pictures, of which he painted no less than 48 eight throughout his career. It was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1798, but West subsequently revised it on two later occasions in 1803 and 1808, a practice he regularly engaged in after 1800.