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Benjamin Russell

BENJAMIN RUSSELL (USA, 1804–85)

Benjamin Russell was a native of New Bedford and spent four years on a whaler in the 1840s. His experience enabled him to paint with a sense of realism that is faithful and informative, as well as dramatic. He is generally regarded as the best American illustrator of whaling under sail. After working for Nathaniel Currier in New York, he returned to his native Boston and started his own business. He employed Winslow Homer, one of America’s greatest 19th-century artists, among others. His whaling lithographs are by far the best of the period, and this particularly vivid image is considered one of the two most desirable that he published.

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19th Century Colored Lithograph of Sperm Whaling with Its Varieties, 1870
By Benjamin Russell
Located in Nantucket, MA
Fine colored lithograph of Sperm Whaling with its Varieties, after Original by Benjamin Russell (New Bedford: 1804-1885), Published by John Henry Bufford (Boston: 1810-1870), Artist’...
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1870s American Other Antique Benjamin Russell

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