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Mary Benton

 (1815 - 1910)
Mary Park Seavy Benton was active/lived in California, New York, Massachusetts.  Mary Benton is known for landscape, portrait, still life and mission painting.

Biography   Mary Benton


Mary Park Benton established a reputation in New York state for painting and art education, and in California, for landscapes, portraits, still lifes and mission subjects.  Benton, and Abby Tyler Oakes (1823-1898), was the state's first two professional women artists.

She was born in Boston, Massachusetts on August 10, 1815.  She grew up in New York and began her art education at the age of eight with drawing classes.  At fourteen she was painting.  After completing her studies, she opened a studio and began teaching classes as well as exhibiting her work.  Mrs. Benton also became involved in prison reform and helping the poor and delinquent children of slum areas.

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