Benjamin West: The Progress of Revealed Religion
In 1963, the Museum & Gallery acquired seven canvases from Benjamin West’s large series, The Progress of Revealed Religion. Originally, King George III of England had commissioned West to paint this series for the king’s proposed private chapel in Windsor Castle. However, because of the king’s illness and eventual madness, the chapel was never built, the entire series was never completed, and the paintings were never hung at Windsor. After West’s death, the completed part of the series was separated. Out of the twelve known, extant works in the world from West’s series, seven of the paintings reside in the War Memorial Chapel at Bob Jones University.