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Frank Weston Benson
The Punter.

1927

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The Punter 1927. Etching. Paff 273. 7 7/8 x 11 7/8 (sheet 10 3/4 x 14). Edition 150. A rich impression with plate tone printed on cream laid paper. Signed in pencil. Housed in a 1 x 20-inch archival mat, suitable for framing. According to Paff, "In The Punter, the time is the first light of dawn; the decoys have been set out, the ducks are moving and the hunter checks the pattern of his rig as he prepares to take cover in his blind. We share his anticipation and his joy in the promise of a perfect day of shooting." Frank W. Benson was born and raised in Salem, Massachusetts. He sepnt a great deal of time in the salt marshes that surrounded this costal town studying, as well as hunting, various waterfowl. He painted his first oil of shore birds at the age of twelve. At nineteen he attended the School of Drawing and Painting of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. While attending the school he produced his first etching, "Salem Harbor." In 1883 he traveled to Paris to study at the Academie Julie and for the next thirty years devoted his artistic talent to painting and watercolor. In 1912 at the age of fifty he again began to produce prints. At first, these prints were portraits, then of waterfowl and nature oriented subjects, totaling over 355 various prints before his death in 1951. Today, Benson is considered the founder of the school of American sporting art and his prints are some of the most desirable.

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