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Benjamin Akers

 (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. 

Sadly 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 pearl diver'.

Benjamin Akers received his early training in Boston from Joseph Carew.  He lived briefly in Portland, Maine, and then spent a year in Italy   ...  Displaying 750 of 1801 characters.

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