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Two typed drafts of a lecture given by Esther Fisher Benson at Gallery 303 in New York City, April 8, 1965, on her husband John Howard Benson, a graphic artist, stone carver, and educator of Rhode Island. Also included are an announcement for the lecture and a copy of a clipping about it, March 27, 1965.
Also included is motion picture film (16mm): Late 1950's excerpt by Don Jones (N.B.C.) and Charles Arnold (R.I.S.D.) of Robert Flaherty's documentary, "Cutting a Quill," about the Stevens Workshop in Newport and John Howard Benson.
Esther Fisher Benson papers, 1958-1965. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Microfilm reel 4909 (fr. 723-753) available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Location of Originals:
Original papers are in the possession of Esther Fisher Benson in Newport, Rhode Island.
Esther Fisher Benson was born in Philadelphia and attended Wellesley College. While summering in Newport, Rhode Island, around 1924, she met John Howard Benson, a graphic designer, stone carver, and teacher. Ten years later they were married in the same city and settled down there. Mr. Benson taught at R.I.S.D. in addition to his studio work with gravestones and medals. After his death in 1956, Mrs. Benson lectured on his career.
Donated 1982-1983 by Esther Fisher Benson.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001