Christ Rejected. Catalogue of the Picture, Representing the above Subject; Together with Sketches of Other Scriptural Subjects; Painted by Benjamin West, Esq. President of the Royal Academy, & Historical Painter to the King. Now Exhibiting, under the Special Protection of H. R. H. the Prince Regent, at the Room, Formerly the Royal Academy, No. 25 Pall-Mall, opposite Market-Lane. Benjamin West, A. D. M’Quin.
Christ Rejected by the Jewish High Priest, and the Elders

Christ Rejected. Catalogue of the Picture, Representing the above Subject; Together with Sketches of Other Scriptural Subjects; Painted by Benjamin West, Esq. President of the Royal Academy, & Historical Painter to the King. Now Exhibiting, under the Special Protection of H. R. H. the Prince Regent, at the Room, Formerly the Royal Academy, No. 25 Pall-Mall, opposite Market-Lane.

London: Printed by C. H. Reynell, 1814. Item #680

8vo.  235 x 150 mm., [91/4 x 5 3/4 inches ].  16 pp.   Printed paper wrappers, detached and chipped at edges; , stitched as issued.  With faults a sound copy.


First edition. West’s painting, Christ Rejected by the Jews was originally exhibited in London at the Royal Academy in 1814.  A drawing in the collections of the Morgan Library show that it was hung in its own room at the Academy anticipating the thousands of visitors that would view it. 


The text of the pamphlet describes each of the events portrayed in the painting and provides themes for the five compositional elements of the picture.  Little information about color pigments used in the painting are discussed as well and no critical analysis about the effectiveness of West’s monumental work.

A subsequent edition appeared in Leeds in 1833 and an American edition printed with a completely revised text was published in Philadelphia in 1830 upon the occasion of its exhibition in that city.  


Attributed to Ange Denis Macquin a miscellaneous writer who published poems on subjects relating to natural history and some minor theological tracts.

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Price: $250.00

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