Samuel Green Wheeler Benjamin (1837-1914)

Samuel Green Wheeler Benjamin (1837-1914)
American statesman, author, marine painter & illustrator ;
S. G. W. Benjamin ; S.G.W. Benjamin ; Samuel Benjamin ;
[Born February 13, 1837 in Argos, Greece – died July 19, 1914 in Burlington, VT]

 

FAD record control number: 27641 ;

Record level: Person ;

Record type: Artist ;

 

Samuel Green Wheeler Benjamin (1837-1914) biography:

Birth: February 13, 1837 in Argos, Greece ;
Death: July 19, 1914 in Burlington, VT, sick for a year before with arterioeclerosis, died of a heart attack ;
Sex: Male ;
Ethnicity: White ;
Zodiac:
 Aquarius ;

Known for: marine and landscape painting ; author of books on art ;
Medium: pen & ink ; watercolor ; oil ;
Technique: drawing ; painting ; woodcuts ;
Subjects: landscapes ; seascapes ; marines ;

Areas: Argos, Greece (1837-1855) ; Williamstown, MA (1855-1859) ; Albany, NY (1861-1864) ; New York, NY (1878-1882) ; Iran & Armenia (1883-1886) ; Boston, MA ; London, England ; Charlotte, NC (summers & trips) ; Burlington, VT (? – 1914) ;
Region: Europe ; North East ; South East ; Far East ;
Lived: 52 East 23rd Street, New York, NY (1878) ; University Building, New York, NY (1879) ; 835 Broadway, New York, NY (1880) ; 6 East 14th Street, New York, NY (1881-1882) ; 326 College street, Burlington, VT (?-1914) ;
Father: Reverend Nathan Benjamin (1811-1855) ;
Mother: Mary Gladding (Wheeler) Benjamin ;
Relatives: Captain Charles Seymour, grandfather ; Meta Hanford Benjamin (1842-1855), sister who died at 13 ; Mary Emma Benjamin (1851-1854), sister ;
Spouse: Clara (Stowell) Benjamin (1845-1880), married 1870 ; Fannie (Nichols) Benjamin (1837-1924), married 1881 ;
Children: Edith Benjamin (1878-1923), daughter ;

Training: Under his father, Reverend Nathan Benjamin ; Grade school at English school at Smyrna, Greece ; Collage at Williams College, Williamstown, MA (graduated 1859) ; Studied art at [unknown] possibly New York? ; private studio of William Edward Norton (1843-1916), Boston, MA ; White Mountain School of Art, Bethlehem, NH ;
Instructors: Private studio of Carlo Brindisi (?-?), watercolor and drawing ; White Mountain School of Art, Bethlehem, NH, under Samuel Lancaster Gerry (1813-1891) ; private studio of William Edward Norton (1843-1916), Boston, MA, marine painter ;
Work: American Department of the Magazine of Art, MA?, art editor ; New York Mail, New York, NY, art editor ; New York Express, New York, NY, art editor ; New York State Library, Albany, NY, assistant librarian (1861-1864) ; London Illustrated News, London, England (1854), first marine illustration ; Atlantic Monthly, New York, NY, illustrations ; Century, New York, NY, illustrations ; Harper’s, New York, NY, illustrations ;

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Member: Kappa Alpha Society ; Phi Beta Kappa, elected ; Society of American Authors, vice-president ; Sons of the Revolution ; Society of Colonial Wars ; Boston Art Club, Boston, MA ; American Free Art League ; Armerican Forestry Association ; National Geographic Society ; Salmagundi Club, New York, NY ; Republican Club of Richmond County, New York, NY, president, 1892 ;
Exhibited with: Boston Art Club, Boston, MA ; Salmagundi Club, New York, NY, laymember, 1880-? ; National Academy of Design, New York, NY ; Mechanics’ Fair, Boston, MA ;  New Orleans Exposition, New Orleans, LO ;
Awards: Mechanics’ Fair, Boston, MA, honorable mention ;

Milestones: Appointed as the first American Minister to Persia (Iran & Armenia), 1883-1886 ; wrote many books including : Constantinople, the Isle of Pearls (1861), Ode on the Death of Abraham Lincoln (1865), The Turk and the Greek (1867), The Choice of Paris a romance of the Stroud (1870), Contemporary Art in Europe (1877), What is Art (1877), The Atlantic Islands (London, 1878), Art in America (1879), Our American Artists (second series) (1880), The Multitudinous Seas (1879), The World’s Paradises (1879), Troy in Legend, Literature and Topography (1881), A Group of Etchers (1883), Cruise of the Alice May (1884), Persia and the Persians (1886), The Story of Persia (Bombay, 1887) and Sea Spray (1888) ; An authority on the Orient ;

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Record birth date:
April 26, 2018

Last updated: May 26, 2019 at 0:26 am

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