Benbridge, Henry

Benbridge, Henry,

1744–1812, American portrait painter and miniaturist, b. Philadelphia, studied in Italy and with Benjamin WestWest, Benjamin,
1738–1820, American historical painter who worked in England. He was born in Springfield, Pa., in a house that is now a memorial museum at Swarthmore College.
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 in London. His portraits are characterized by technical skill and have sometimes been attributed to John Singleton CopleyCopley, John Singleton
, 1738–1815, American portrait painter, b. Boston. Copley is considered the greatest of the American old masters. He studied with his stepfather, Peter Pelham, and undoubtedly frequented the studios of Smibert and Feke.
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. Among his works are portraits of Mrs. Simons (Metropolitan Mus.) and Benjamin Franklin (Carnegie Inst., Pittsburgh). He lived in Charleston, S.C., for many years.
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Benbridge, Henry

(?1743–1812) painter; born in Philadelphia. He worked in Italy and exhibited his Portrait of Pascal Paoli (1769) in London before returning to Philadelphia (1770). Settling in Norfolk, Virginia (c. 1800), he was the first teacher of Thomas Sully (c. 1801) and worked as a portrait painter.
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