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

picture. There are on the Mount the three disciples, 
fallen on the ground, and shading their faces Rom 
the 4 bright cloud' which oversizadows the transfigured 
Saviour; and Moses and Elias are the two figures of 
old men attending the Saviour, or ' talking with him! 
n At the foo; of the Mount, there are the multitude, 
the hmatic boy, his father holding him, the disciples 
who cmdd not cure him  and one of whom appears in 
the act of attempting to cure him, by addressing or 
exorcising the demon who is in him. There are also 
several women in the groupe; and it seems that instead 
of bringing ' diiferent incidents together to constitute 
one plot,' the painter, on the_contrary, has exactly 
followed the Evangelist, and represented the same instant 
of time in the action on the Mount, among the multitude 
at the foot of it. 
'4 I cannot imagine how Sir Philip Francis could 
have supposed the picture to represent the Ascension, 
which took place in the presence of the Eleven Apostles 
and of "them only, (see St. Luke, last chapter and last 
paragraph,) as follows: 
" And he led them out as far as Bethany, and he 
lified up his hands, and he blessed them. And it came 
to pass, when he blessed them, he was parted f1'0m them, 
and carried up into Heaven." 
This bears 
resemblance whatever 
opinion given 


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