R.A. . . . Benjamin West's colossal painting, known as Christ Rejected, has been by general consent pronounced the finest production of his genius, . . . The central point of interest, [is] the figure of our Saviour, . . . [His] bound hands loosely hold the derisive semblance of a sceptre, the serene brows bleed under the crown of thorns, . . . Near by stands a man with rods, ready to inflict the scourging by which Pilate hoped to appease the wrath of the multitude, . . . Standing in front of Christ, with hand outstretched toward him, Pontius Pilate appeals to the people whether they will not select him as the criminal whose liberation they have a right at that feast, but their eager faces and uplifted hands reject Christ, and demand Barabbas, . . . In close proximity we see the two thieves in shackles who subsequently suffered with our Saviour on Calvary, . . . Prominent in the centre of the picture stands the richly-apparelled High Priest, Caiaphas, . . . The architecture of the Judgment Hall, or Praetorium, is of a solemn and dignified character, befitting its purpose. . . . [PP. 27-29.]
Catalogue of the Property and Loan Exhibition of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 1876. Founded 1806. Catalogue 25 cents. Admission 25 cents. Season Tickets, $1. Philadelphia: Collins, Printer, 705 Jayne Street.
Artist professional affiliation: Royal Academician.