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 Edmund Birckhead Bensell  (1842 - 1894)

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Lived/Active: Pennsylvania      Known for: book illustrations, landscape, genre paintings

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Edmund Birckhead Bensell
from Auction House Records.
Pennsylvania Landscape
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Biography from Hope Davis Fine Art:
Edmund Birckhead Bensell was born in Philadelphia and graduated from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.  He actively exhibited at the Philadelphia Academy, the Artist's Fund Society, and the Philadelphia Sketch Club, of which he was one of the original six founders.  He and his artist brother, George Bensell, fostered the enthusiastic feeling at the Club for anti-slavery and painted banners for the Negro headquarters.  He also helped illustrate William Still's book, The Underground Rail Road.

Bensell is best known for his pen and ink drawings, most notably for the forty illustrations of Shakespeare made for the publisher Charles F. Hazeltine.  Bensell also illustrated for Scribner & Sons, Lippincott & Co., J.M. Stoddard & Co., and Harper & Bros.  Among his illustrated books are Ting-A-Ling by Frank Stockton, The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope, and Memoirs of a Good-For-Nothing by Charles Godfrey Leland.

His brother, George Frederick Bensell (1837-1879), was also a painter and illustrator.

Sources include:
William Patterson & David Zellin, Thomas Eakins and His Fellow Artists at the Philadelphia Sketch Club

Sinclair Hamilton, Early American Book Illustrators and Wood Engravers; Courtesy Sidney Hamper, President of the Vanderpoel Art Association

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