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One Monochromatic Drawing, (drawing)

Benton, M. P. Mrs.
Unknown (copy after)
Exhibition Catalogs
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. [not numbered]
Second best Drawing, (monochromatic.)--To Mrs. M.P. Benton, of Folsom--second premium. Subject "Burning Ship at Sea." Although somewhat deficient in that fineness of execution which renders monochromatic drawing so soft and beautiful, this is, nevertheless, a very good copy of the lithograph from which it was taken. Mrs. Benton is a teacher of drawing and painting, and the numerous specimens on exhibition, . . . prove that she has acquired considerable proficiency in her profession. Her forte seems to be in pastil-drawing [sic], especially of fruit, which she executes with a fidelity to nature and delicacy of touch that we rarely see in such work. In this very excellency, we find the efficient cause of the defects in this lady's higher efforts. She has paid too much attention to pastil-drawing [sic]. There is very little truly artistic in this kind of painting, and it is the most degrading of all methods. There are only four ways of making a good picture, when drawing from nature, viz; with oil and water-colors, India ink and the lead pencil. Mrs. Nenton appears to be thoroughly conversant with all these different methods, and perhaps, is obliged to cater to the false taste of her pupils and their parents, who are impatient to see immediate results, when she resorts to pastils [sic]. [P. 213; see entry 02620017 for related work.]
Transactions of the State Agricultural Society.
Artist address: Folsom, California.
Control number:
AECI 02620016
Data Source:
Pre-1877 Art Exhibition Catalogue Index

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