Averting "Present Commotions": History as Politics in "Penn's Treaty"

  title={Averting "Present Commotions": History as Politics in "Penn's Treaty"},
  author={Anne Cannon Palumbo},
  journal={American Art},
  pages={29 - 55}
  • A. Palumbo
  • Published 1 October 1995
  • History, Art
  • American Art
Benjamin West, William Penn 's Treaty with the Indians, 1771-72 (detail). Oil on canvas, 191.8 x 273.7 cm (75 ?2 x 107 ? in.). Museum of American Art of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Gift of Mrs. Sarah Harrison (The Joseph Harrison Jr. Collection) Benjamin West's William Penn's Treaty with the Indians (fig. 1), painted more than two centuries ago and endlessly reproduced since then, may seem an unlikely source of either new or significant revelations. Among the most… 
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