FRANK WESTON BENSON | ELISABETH WRITING
Property from a Pennsylvania Collection
FRANK WESTON BENSON
1862 - 1951
signed with initials FWB. and dated 1905 (lower left)
watercolor, gouache and pencil on paper
17 ¾ by 12 ¾ inches
(45.1 by 32.4 cm)
The sheet is hinged to the support at two places along the reverse top edge. The sheet appears to be slightly toned and there is a small tear extending from the lower right edge. There appear to be scattered pindots of foxing throughout.
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Elisabeth Benson Rogers (his daughter), Mobile, Alabama
Ellie Rogers (her daughter), Mobile, Alabama
Private collection (her daughter), Mobile, Alabama
Debra Force Fine Art, Inc., New York
Acquired by the present owner from the above, 2007
Executed in 1905, the present work depicts Frank Weston Benson’s second daughter, Elisabeth. The artist’s wife and four children served as models for many of his works, appearing in almost all his major pieces from 1900-1910. While best known for his outdoor leisure scenes, Benson showcases his ability to portray masterfully an intimate indoor scene in Elisabeth Writing, capturing a tranquil moment with his twelve-year-old daughter writing in front of an airy window. Elisabeth Writing remained in the artist’s family until the present owner acquired it in 2007.