Fidelia And Speranza
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
Benjamin West, American (Springfield, PA 1738 - 1820 London, England)
Fidelia and Speranza
Other Titles
Former Title: The Sisters
Former Title: Two Muses
Former Title: Faith and Hope
Work Type
Physical Descriptions
Watercolor and brown ink on cream laid paper
53 x 40.3 cm (20 7/8 x 15 7/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: brown ink, l.l.: B. West 1784
Scott & Fowles, New York, NY, sold to Grenville L. Winthrop, 1920; his bequest to the Fogg Art Museum, 1943.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
This drawing illustrates stanzas XII-XIV, Book I, Canto X of Edmund Spenser's poem "The Faerie Queene." It is a study for an oil painting which is now in the Putnam Collection at the Timken Museum, San Diego, CA.
Publication History

Dorothy W. Gillerman, Gridley McKim-Smith, and Joan R. Mertens, Grenville L. Winthrop: Retrospective for a Collector, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1969), p. 132, cat. 93, ill. p. 133

Kenyon Castle Bolton, III, Peter G. Huenink, Earl A. Powell III, Harry Z. Rand, and Nanette C. Sexton, American Art at Harvard, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1972), cat. 14, ill.

Marjorie B. Cohn, Wash and Gouache: A Study of the Development of the Materials of Watercolor, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1977), pp. 71, 110, no. 63

Timken Art Gallery : European and American Works of Art in the Putnam Foundation Collection, Putnam Foundation (San Diego, CA, 1983), no. 42

Helmut von Erffa and Allen Staley, The Paintings of Benjamin West, Yale University Press (U.S.) (New Haven, CT and London, England, 1986), p. 403, no. 222

Timken Museum of Art, Timken Museum of Art : European Works of Art, American Paintings, and Russian Icons in the Putnam Foundation Collection, Putnam Foundation (San Diego, CA, 1996), p. 209, fig. 1

Derrick Randall Cartwright, Benjamin West: Allegory and Allegiance, exh. cat., Timken Museum of Art (San Diego, CA, 2004), p. 26, fig. 23

Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr. and Melissa Renn, American Paintings at Harvard, Volume One: Paintings, Watercolors, and Pastels by Artists Born before 1826, Yale University Press and Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge and New Haven, 2014), pp. 516-17, cat. 484, ill.

The Connoisseur (New York, NY, February 1918), ill. opp. p. 63

Exhibition History

Grenville L. Winthrop: Retrospective for a Collector, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 01/23/1969 - 03/31/1969

American Art at Harvard, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/19/1972 - 06/18/1972

Wash and Gouache, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 05/12/1977 - 06/22/1977

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