Frank W. Benson (1862-1951) Candlelight, 1915
signed "Frank W. Benson" lower left
etching, 9 7/8 by 7 7/8 in.
Paff #62, edition 23 of 50
The Guild of Boston Artists label on back
Lots 82-94 are part of The Ernest and Carolyn Kramer Collection
Ernest and Carolyn Kramer's interest in art was sparked by the rich artistic heritage of Gloucester, Massachusetts, Carolyn's hometown. Since the turn of the century, Gloucester and nearby Rockport have attracted important world-class artists, such as Fitz Hugh Lane, Winslow Homer, Childe Hassam, Frank Duveneck, Emile Gruppe and Aldro Hibbard.
In 1968 the Kramers began collecting etchings by Frank W. Benson, "The Dean of American Sporting Art," and this became the catalyst for their collection and the business, Ernest S. Kramer Fine Arts & Prints, Inc., established in 1982. The gallery was a direct outgrowth of years of collecting Gloucester, Rockport, and Cape Ann paintings, as well as nineteenth and early-twentieth-century American and European fine prints. Previously, Ernest was the New England district manager for the United States Chamber of Commerce for seventeen years with representatives in four states. Carolyn was a former elementary school teacher in upstate New York.
After close to fifty years of collecting and thirty-five years in business, the Kramers have decided to retire. They are eager to give other collectors the opportunity to acquire fine examples of sporting art by Frank W. Benson, as well as works by many other important twentieth-century printmakers.
Paff notes, "The subject is Benson's wife Ellen combing her hair in their bedroom at Wooster Farm, on North Haven Island, Maine."
Provenance: Ernest and Carolyn Kramer Collection
Literature: Frank W. Benson and Adam E.M. Paff, "Etchings and Drypoints by Frank W. Benson: An Illustrated and Descriptive Catalog," Boston, MA and New York, NY, 1917-1923, p. 99.
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