(1867 - 1955)
August Benziger was active/lived in New York, District Of Columbia / France, Switzerland. August Benziger is known for portrait painting-political and religious figures.
Biography August Benziger
An artist who claims to have painted from life "the portraits of seven Presidents of Republics and two Popes, August Benziger was born in Switzerland but followed his father to New York City where the father moved in 1852. His father was the head of a famous publishing company, which had been publishers to the papacy in Rome for 400 years, and he went to America to establish a branch of the publishing house.
August Benziger studied art in Munich and Vienna, but his father discouraged him from an art career and steered him towards chemistry. Benziger took "leave of the paternal roof" and went to live with a friend of his father's in Paris. Shortly thereafter, he did a portrait of the host, and it was exhibited at the
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