From an original Picture, in the Collection of Lord Lyttelton.
GILBERT WEST, well known as the translator of Pindar, has a plain and unaffected, but not very intellectual look. He does not bear the marks upon him of having had close converse with the Theban — the "learned Theban," — of having plunged into the mysteries of dithyrambics, and lit his English torch at the Pythian's shrine. He is more like one of the Quakers (those republicans of religion) or a native of the enfranchised states across the Atlantic. He is as straight as a stick: and yet, with this rigid and unbending person, he passed through almost all professions. He was educated for the church, went into the army, then turned politician, then wrote a tract on the "Resurrection," (for which he was made an LL.D.) and finally died treasurer of Chelsea Hospital.