Find, Learn, Price Art
Enjoy the comprehensive art database we've compiled since 1987
Membership Details
Images, sales charts, bios, signatures, 30 artist Alerts and more ...
Art auction records:  Millions of references for pricing research
Or, register for Free Alerts
To track 10 artists.

Already a member?  Sign in here

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).

Nearly 20,000 biographies can be found in Artists in California 1786-1940 by Edan Hughes and is available for sale ($150). For a full book description and order information please click here.  ...  Displaying 859 of 535 characters.



Subscriber Members, please Sign In for artist biographies and for all services.  Others, full text is available on Fridays.

If you are not currently a member, please See Details about membership, which includes biography access, auction records, and many other features available to our day, month, or yearly Subscriber Members!

  Full access to biographies is
  free each Friday

About  Benjamin Franklin West

Born:  1818 - Salem, Massachusetts
Died:   1854 - Salem, Massachusetts
Known for:  Marine and ship painting