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Paton, Sir (Joseph) Noël (1821–1901), history painter, was born on 13 December 1821 at Wooer's Alley Cottage, Wooer's Alley, Dunfermline, the second of three children of Joseph Neil Paton (1797–1874), damask designer and manufacturer, and his wife, Catherine MacDiarmid (d. 1853). All three children followed their father into the business before pursuing artistic careers. ...


West, Benjamin (1738–1820), history painter, was born on 10 October 1738 in Springfield (now Swarthmore), Pennsylvania, the tenth and youngest child of John West (1690–1776), innkeeper, and his second wife, Sarah (1697–1756), daughter of Thomas Pearson of Marple, Pennsylvania. Both parents came from Quaker families. An important source of biographical information on ...


Benjamin West (1738–1820) self-portrait, c. 1776 The Baltimore Museum of Art: Gift of Dr. Morton K. Blaustein, Barbara B. Hirschhorn and Elizabeth B. Roswell, in Memory of Jacob and Hilda K. Blaustein, BMA 1981.73