Rainsquall, 1931
etching
6-7/8'' x 8-3/4''
Benson, Frank W.
1862-1951

Frank W. Benson was born in Salem, MA in 1862 and died there in 1951.  

He studied at Boston Museum School of Art from 1880 to 1883 and at the Académie Julian in Paris from 1883 to 1885, with Boulanger and Lefevre. 

His earliest work was of the shore birds and waterfowl that were so abundant in Salem at the time and were so much a part of his life.  The first of his etchings, "Salem Harbor," done in 1882, was praised by the eminent English etcher, Sir Seymour Hayden, and led to an extraordinary body of work in this medium. 

He taught at the Portland Society of Art in Maine and at the Boston Museum School of Art.  Benson was elected an Associate of the National Academy of Design in 1897 and an Academician in 1905.  He was a member of "Ten American Painters," organized in 1898, consisting of the leading artists of the day. 

National exhibitions that resulted in awards include the Columbian Exposition in 1893, the Paris Exhibition in 1900, a Gold Medal from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1908, and a Silver Medal at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1909.