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

The Wise Men's Offering

1799
Oil on canvas, 69 x 56 cm
Private collection

This painting relates, with differences, to West's composition for a window commissioned by George III for St. George's Chapel, Windsor which was installed in 1796. The window has since been removed, but the composition is known from old descriptions and the existence of an oil sketch. The present work was probably painted as a modified replica or a preliminary study.