Spruance, Benton, 1904-1967

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Benton Spruance was an American artist and educator. Born and educated in Philadelphia, he displayed an early aptitude for graphic sketching. He became a pioneer in color lithography, and is remembered as an expert technician with an artistic eye; he was also an accomplished painter. His subject matter generally ranged through social, religious, and mythological subjects, as well as landscapes. He also had a long career in education, chiefly at Beaver College and the Philadelphia College of Art, and served on the Philadelphia Arts Commission for many years.

From the description of Benton Spruance letters to Francis Hyslop, 1955. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 62590103

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referencedIn Frank K. M. Rehn Galleries records, 1858-1969 (bulk 1919-1968) Archives of American Art
creatorOf Dos Passos, John, 1896-1970. Art collected by John Dos Passos [manuscript]. 1912-1962. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Spruance, Benton, 1904-1967. Benton Spruance letters to Francis Hyslop, 1955. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
referencedIn Paone, Peter, 1936-. Peter Paone interview, 1991 Sept. 27. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Spruance, Benton, 1904-1967. [Benton Spruance collection] -- 1928-1968. Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library
creatorOf Spruance, Benton, M., 1904-1967. Benton M. Spruance : artist file : study photographs and reproductions of works of art with accompanying documentation 1930?-1990 [graphic] [compiled by staff of The Museum of Modern Art, New York]. Frick Art Reference Library of The Frick Collection
referencedIn Spruance, Benton, 1904-1967 : [miscellaneous ephemeral material]. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
creatorOf Zigrosser, Carl, 1891-. Carl Zigrosser papers, 1891-1971. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Spruance, Benton, 1904-1967,. Landscape with figures [graphic] / B.S. Boston Athenaeum
creatorOf Spruance, Benton, 1904-1967. Correspondence with Carl Zigrosser, 1930-1971, n.d. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Emerson, Edith, 1888-1965. Margaret Gest autograph album, 1966. Haverford College Library
referencedIn Paone, Peter, 1936-. Oral history interview with Peter Paone, 1991 Sept. 27. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Print Club (Philadelphia, Pa.). Archives, 1915-1985. Historical Society of Pennsylvania
referencedIn American Federation of Arts. American Federation of Arts records, 1895-1993 (bulk 1909-1969). Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Bethers, Ray, 1902-. Ray Bethers papers, 1949-1950. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Dehn, Adolf, 1895-1968. Adolf Dehn papers, 1912-1987. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Fletcher, William Dolan. William Dolan Fletcher papers, 1924-1986. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn American Federation of Arts records, 1895-1993 (bulk 1909-1969) Archives of American Art
creatorOf Spruance, Benton, 1904-1967. Artist file. Brooklyn Museum Libraries & Archives
referencedIn Adolf Dehn papers, 1912-1987 Archives of American Art
referencedIn Leopold, Eunice. Eunice Leopold papers relating to Benton Spruance, 1958-2000. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Frank K.M. Rehn Galleries. Frank K.M. Rehn Galleries records, 1858-1969, bulk 1919-1968. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Spruance, Benton, 1904-1967. [Moby Dick illustrations] [picture] / B.S. Haverford College Library
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associatedWith American Federation of Arts. corporateBody
associatedWith Bethers, Ray, 1902- person
associatedWith Cuno, Theodore, person
associatedWith Dehn, Adolf, 1895-1968. person
associatedWith Dos Passos, John, 1896-1970. person
associatedWith Fletcher, William Dolan. person
associatedWith Frank K.M. Rehn Galleries. corporateBody
associatedWith Free Library of Philadelphia. Print and Picture Collection. corporateBody
associatedWith Hyslop, Francis E. (Francis Edwin), 1909-1979, person
associatedWith Leopold, Eunice. person
associatedWith Melville, Herman, 1819-1891. person
associatedWith Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Paone, Peter, 1936- person
associatedWith Philadelphia Art Alliance. corporateBody
associatedWith Print Club (Philadelphia, Pa.) corporateBody
associatedWith Spruance, Winifred. person
associatedWith Zigrosser, Carl, 1891- person
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Pennsylvania--Philadelphia
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Art, American--20th century
Artists--20th century--Correspondence
Art--American (?)--Reproductions
Barns
Art, American
Lithography, American--20th century
Farming
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Birth 1904

Death 1967

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