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    [Benjamin West] William Carey Autograph Letter Signed. Ten pages, 4to, Picadilly London, March 26, 1818. Carey writes Joseph Hopkinson, President of the Pennsylvania of the Fine Arts, a ten-page letter extolling one of Benjamin West's paintings and comparing him to Jonathan Trumbull. He mentions Trumbull's painting depicting the death of Joseph Warren at Bunker Hill. A beautifully written lengthy letter, in part: "...Long esteemed the Father of Historical Painting in the British school, the painter whose performance I have ventured, has not obtained his reputation without a conflict - Homer had...Michael Angelo found enemies in Torigiano and Bandinelli and from the appearance of West's Death of General Wolfe and Regular to this grand composition each of his works in succession has roused the attacks of envy and Ignorance...I can boldly reply to the cold...of Anti-contemporariness and the anonymous publications of malevolent jealousy that I am not the creator of a new fame, nor the Promulgator of a similar opinion - the meanings which is wounded by the success of the painter may asperse my impartiality but believe me Gentlemen although I could be the friend and admirer of a Raphael or Leonardo ad Vinci, I could not be the slave or parasite of either...Even now we learn that the people of America crowd your public Hospital in Philadelphia to behold his painting of Christ healing the sick..." The letter is passionately written as Carey seems to be a staunch advocate not only for art, but also for West's keen eye for painting an exemplary depiction of war. There are repaired tears throughout the entire letter.

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