FRANK W. BENSON AMER 1862-1951 "SUNSET AT LONG POINT, 1933" ETCHING CUSTOM FR
Description : Etching, 1933, edition 150. Signed in pencil. In very good condition, printed on wove paper. Long Point was one of Benson's favorite sketching sites and hunting grounds. Illustrated in :
The Print Collector's Quarterly, 1938, Vol.25, No.2, p.174.
The Sporting Art of Frank Benson page 210
Measures : 8.75 x 10.75 Sight; 15 x 17 Custom Wood Frame (minor nicks) Linen double mat (slight water stain linen mat lower left see picture); slight toning ; under glass
Signature : Front in plate and pencil signed
Condition: Very Good
Date: CA 1933
Frank W. Benson
Benson was born in Salem, Massachusetts and studied at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts School and the Academie Julien, Paris. He is one of the supreme beings in the etching of waterfowl, whether in tidal flats, marshes, ponds, or flight. No other artist has approached him in the ability to capture wild fowl with etching needle and the copper plate. Benson took up etching when he was 50 years old and designed the second Federal Duck Stamp for the United States Department of Interior when he was 70 years old. He had almost immediate financial success for an etcher. His personal profit from the sale of etchings had averaged about $80,000. a year, before the economic depression. Affectionately known as the "Dean of American Etching," he needled over 300 plates and was a member of the National Academy and Society of American Etchers. John T Ordeman, Frank W.Benson: Master of the Sporting Print, Brooklandville, Maryland, 1983. Gladys E.Lang and Kurt Lang, Etched in Memory, University of North Carolina Press, 1990, pp.193-194.