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 Benjamin Franklin Reinhart  (1829 - 1885)

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Lived/Active: Pennsylvania      Known for: portrait, historical, landscape

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BIOGRAPHY for Benjamin Reinhart
1829 (rural Waynesboro, Pennsylvania)
1885 (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)


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Benjamin Franklin Reinhart was born near Waynesburg, Pennsylvania in 1829. He showed his artistic talent at an early age; by 15, he was studying painting in Pittsburgh, and by 18 he was in New York City at the National Academy of Design.

An enterprising youth, he traveled about the Midwest as an eighteen and nineteen year old looking for subject matter for his paintings. By 1850, at the age of twenty-one, Reinhart was studying history painting in Dusseldorf, Paris and Rome, continuing for the next three years.

He established a studio in New York City upon his return, but continued to travel in the South and Midwest until he finally set up a studio in New Orleans in 1859. But, ever restless, Reinhart went to England for seven years in 1861. He established himself as a portraitist there, painting such literary notables as Thomas Carlyle and Alfred Lord Tennyson.

He spent most of the rest of his life in New York City, but true to his peripatetic nature, died in 1885 in Philadelphia.

Benjamin Franklin Reinhart was a member of the National Academy of Design. His work is in the collection of the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

Michael David Zellman, "300 Years of American Art"
Peter Falk, "Who Was Who in American Art"
John Mahe and Rosanne McCaffrey, "Encyclopedia of New Orleans Artists"

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