Moore, Benson Bond,
Printmaker, Draftsman (artist), Landscape painter, Restorer
Washington, D.C.; Sarasota, Fla.
Collection size: 5.7 linear ft.
Collection Summary: The papers of printmaker and landscape painter Benson Bond Moore date from 1902 to 1995 and measure 5.7 linear feet. Found within the papers are biographical material, letters, scattered personal business records, notes and writings, twelve scrapbooks, printed material, and photographs. The papers also contain extensive artwork in the form of drawings and sketches, etchings, lithographs, and a few oil paintings.
Biographical/Historical Note: Benson Bond Moore (1882-1974) was a printmaker, landscape painter, art teacher, and restorer who lived in Washington, D.C. and Sarasota, Fla. Born in Washington, D.C., Moore assisted his father in his picture restoring business. In 1902, he was employed by the Maurice Joyce Photo-Engraving Co., and soon afterwards produced a series of technical drawings for Alexander Graham Bell. Moore studied at the Corcoran School of Art, and, in 1914, he joined The Ramblers (later the Washington Landscape Club), a group of artists who went on painting and drawing expeditions in the environs of Washington, D.C. Moore taught etching at the private Hill School of Art and was an active member of many regional art associations. Following the death of his wife Florence (Flossie) in the early 1950s, he moved to Sarasota, Fla.
The Benson Bond Moore papers were donated by Barbara Nikla and John J. Lyons in 1996, as representatives of the estate of the artist's sister-in-law, Mary Jane Moore. Additional material was donated 1997 from the estate by other relatives, Martha Sigmon and her sister Georgia King.
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