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30% OFF Entire Shop Summerprep - Vintage Mary Foley Benson Portrait- Vintage Art Gallery

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This is a very large Vintage Portrait by Mary Foley Benson. This is an excellent large size portrait. Beautifully painted, striking and handsome. It does have a couple of small issues, but stands alone and proud very well.

I did some research on her, there is much about her illustrations, but little on portrait work like this. There is a letter taped to the back with a brief biography which matches much of the info I found on line.

Several illustrations in the 1952 Yearbook of Agriculture are by the Chief USDA Scientific Illustrator at that time, Mary F. Benson. She graduated from the National School of Fine and Applied Art and studied at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, DC, and the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles, CA.

Mary Benson was a pilot prior to World War II and was in the Army Air Corps during the war. After leaving her position with USDA at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum, Mary Benson relocated to the west coast and established a studio in Hollywood, CA. In 1964 she moved to Davis, CA where illustrated insects for several entomologists at the University of California. She produced many color plates for the book, Mealybugs of California by Howard L. McKenzie. Mary Benson’s illustrations are widely published and her work was shown in a variety of art galleries.

As far as the painting goes, well it has a tear, but that was repaired by someone. There is a scratch, but no tear in the upper right hand corner. They are present, but they do not distract from the beauty of this large canvas. There are areas when looked at only from a certain angle are shiny, they are not visable, and only register in certain lighting. They are nondistracting.

Portrait measures 24" x 30" and in frame is 30" x 36"

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30% OFF Entire Shop Summerprep - Vintage Mary Foley Benson Portrait- Vintage Art Gallery

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