Benjamin West, 1738-1820
Fidelia and Speranza, 1776
Oil on canvas, 136.5 x 108.3 cm (53-3/4 x 42-5/8 in.)
Benjamin West was the first American-born painter to study abroad. He left Pennsylvania in 1760 for Rome then in 1763 went to London, where he acquired an international reputation for his neoclassical style of painting historical and literary subjects.