biografia di Samuel Green Wheeler BENJAMIN (1837-1914)

Birth place: Argos, Greece

Death place: Burlington, VT

Addresses: Boston; NYC; Staten Island; Washington, DC, 1897-1908; Burlington, VT

Profession: Painter, illustrator, author, and diplomat

Studied: drawing with Carlo Brindesi, Europe; Williams Col. (grad. 1859); W.E. Norton; S.L. Gerry.

Exhibited: Boston AC, 1873-77, 1886; Centennial Expo., Phila., 1876; NAD, 1878-82; Brooklyn Art Assoc., 1878-79; PAFA, 1882; Boston, 1884 (prize); Soc. Wash. Artists; Wash. WCC.

Member: Boston A. Cl.; Soc. Am. Authors (v.-pres.).

Comments: Son of an American missionary, he spent his first 18 years in Greece and the Levant. In 1854, while still a young man, he provided marine drawings of the Crimean War to the Illustrated London News. After the death of his father in 1855, Benjamin settled in the U.S. (he had visited the U.S. in 1847-48), receiving a degree from Williams College in 1859. He taught school briefly and served as an assistant in the New York State Library at Albany (1861-64). He then lived in Brookfield, MA; Boston; and NYC, but by 1870 had established himself as a marine painter in Boston and his illustrations were appearing in Harper's, Century, and Atlantic Monthly. Served as the first U.S. Minister to Persia 1883-1885. Following his return from Persia in 1885, he lived in Staten Island; Washington, DC; and Burlington, VT. He was a prolific author of many volumes of poetry, fiction, and art history. His books, Art in America (1879), Our American Artists (1880), and A Group of Etchers (1883) provide many interesting glimpses into the lives of American artists of the late nineteenth century.

Sources: G&W; obit., Burlington Free Press, July 20, 1914; DAB; Harpers Magazine, XL1X (1879), 241, 481, 673; Art Annual, XI; Clement and Hutton; Cowdrey, NAD (1878-82). WW13; McMahan, Artists of Washington, D.C.; Falk, Exh. Record Series.

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