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BENSON, Eugene, painter, born in Hyde Park, New York, in 1837. He entered the national academy, New York, about 1856. and studied also with J. H. Wright, portrait-painter, and afterward in Paris, Venice, and Rome, devoting himself particularly to the Venetian masters. His professional life has been for the most part spent on the continent and in travels in the east, Egypt, Syria, etc. He established his studio in Florence in 1871, and removed to Rome in 1883. He was elected an associate of the national academy in 1862. Among the better known of his pictures are "Cloud Towers "; "Strayed Maskers ':' (1873)" "Interior of St. Mark's ..... Reverential Anatomist" (1876) ; "Bazaar at Cairo" ; "Hay-Boats"; "Peasants of Cadore at Religious Worship "; " Market-Place, Egypt" (1877) ; "Study of Girl in Blue " ; "Hashish-Smokers"; "Slave's Tower "(1878) ; "Thoughts in Exile"; "Reverie"; "Making the Best of It "; " Dead Calm on the Hill"; "Fire-Worshippers" (1879); " Mountain Torrent " (1881)" "Distinguished Company in Titian'sGarden"; "State Secret in Venice" (1882) ; "Spring"; "Art and Love"; "Afternoon on the Lagoon"; "Ariadne" (1883). Mr. Benson has been a frequent contributor to periodicals, and has published two books entitled "Gaspara Stampa ; the Story of Her Life," and "Art and Nature in Italy" (Boston, 1881).
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