John Fitzhenry Bentz was born about 1857 in Dublin Ohio to William and Adaline (Fitzhenry), and was the oldest of 6 children. He married Elizabeth McGrew in 1886
John was an artist, portrait painter, etcher, photographer and teacher. He was widely known throughout the U.S. as a restorer of Old Master paintings. His first professional work was done in Columbus, in the photographic gallery of the late J.M. Elliott and L.M. Baker.
He studied at the Columbus Art School, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and New York Art Students League and was hired by the New York Art Commission on Jan 20, 1946 to clean paintings in City Hall. He worked on John Trumbull's 1790 famous portrait of George Washing
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