Volltext: The life, studies and works of Benjamin West, Esq. president of The Royal Academy of London

Suffolk Lane, 28th Jan. 
cc My DEAR SIR, 
 " Sir Philip Francis's critique on the Trangjfguratian 
appears very ingenious, so far as it explains the painter's 
design in representing the Demoniac Boy as the connect- 
ing link between the action on the Mount and the 
groupe at the foot of it; but I cannot agree with Sir 
Philip in supposing the picture to represent the Ascension, 
and as you request me to state my reasons for this dissent, 
I shall briefly endeavour to specify them. 
" I have not seen the original picture; but in the 
copy of it by Harlow, which was much admired in 
Rome, and which one would think must be accurate, at 
least in regard to so important a point, since it was 
exhibited beside the origina1- I say in Har1ow's copy 
the raiment of our Saviour is white, not blue. The 
white has, indeed, in the shaded part, a bluish tinge, 
but the colour is decidedly a white, and, therefore, Sir 
Philip's assmnption that it is blue appears contrary to 
the fact. 
" The Tran_sji'gurati0n was witnessed by only three of 
the Apostles, Peter, James, and John, (see St. Matthew,


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