Tobias Curing His Father's Blindness

Benjamin West1803/1803

Delaware Art Museum

Delaware Art Museum
Wilmington, DE, United States

An old, blind man with his eyes closed reaches out to touch a young man with bare shoulders. The old man has white hair and a grey beard and wears a red tunic and yellow and black striped shirt. The young man carries a fish and has dark hair. Behind the young man is an angel in red robes with a staff. There is also a small brown and white dog, perhaps a spaniel. In the background is a landscape with trees and a blue sky with white clouds.


  • Title: Tobias Curing His Father's Blindness
  • Creator Lifespan: 1738/1820
  • Creator Nationality: American
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Creator Death Place: London, England
  • Creator Birth Place: Swarthmore, DE
  • Date: 1803/1803
  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings: B. West/1803 (LRC)
  • Provenance: Estate of Benjamin West; sold at Robins Sale, London, May 1829, lot 106; sold at Gimbel Sale, 1927, cat. no. 204; Newman F. McGirr, Philadelphia, 1930; Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Richards Jr., Wilmington., Gift of Jane R. Worth, Charles F. Richards, and Robert H. Richards in memory of Lydia H. Richards and Robert H. Richards, 1960
  • Physical Dimensions: w62.5 x h46 in (Complete)
  • Painter and draftsman: Benjamin West
  • Type: Paintings
  • Rights: Photograph and digital image © Delaware Art Museum. Not for reproduction or publication.
  • External Link: http://www.delart.org/
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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