Benjamin West Painting


Physical Description

Exhibited for the first time in North America, this Benjamin West painting, General Johnson Saving a Wounded French Officer from the Tomahawk of an Indian, is part of a remarkable collection of 27 rare works of 18th century art brought together for Clash of Empires. The painting is one of the few from the period that depicts all three powers involved in the French and Indian War, in this case a British officer saving a French officer from attack by an American Indian. West was a native of Pennsylvania who went on to achieve fame as historical painter to British King George III.


Derby Art Museum and Gallery. Clash of Empires: The British, French & Indian War, 1754-1763