(1825 - 1861)
Benjamin Paul Akers was active/lived in Maine / Italy. Benjamin Akers is known for classical figure sculpture, some painting.
Biography Benjamin Akers
From Westbrook Maine, Benjamin Akers was known for his portrait busts and medallions and most specifically for one sculpture, Dead Pearl Diver, about an ideal youth drowned at sea. With elaborate
carving of the fish net drapery, it brought Akers fame and success.
his deteriorating health led to a short life, and he died at age 36 in
Philadelphia. However, his skills continue to be celebrated in Nathaniel Hawthorne's famous novel, The Marble Faun. The main fictional character, Kenyon, is based on Akers as the sculptor of a 'dead
Benjamin Akers received his early training in Boston from Joseph Carew. He lived briefly in Portland, Maine, and then spent a year in Italy
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