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Benjamin Franklin West

 (1818 - 1854)
Benjamin Franklin West was active/lived in Massachusetts, California.  Benjamin West is known for Marine and ship painting.

Biography   Benjamin Franklin West

Born in Salem, MA on June 15, 1818. West was a marine and ship painter who was active in San Francisco in the 1850s. Due to extreme poverty, he committed suicide in Fremont, CA on April 6, 1854. In: Essex Inst.; Peabody Museum (whaling scene).

Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Artists of the American West (Doris Dawdy); Index of Artists (Daniel Mallett); California State Library (Sacramento); New York Historical Society's Dictionary of Artists in America (Groce, George C. and David H. Wallace); Alta California, 4-27-1854, p. 2 (obituary).

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