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John P. Benson (1865-1947)
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John Prentiss Benson was born in Salem, Massachusetts, in February 1865. Although he earned his living as an architect, he kept astudio on the banks of the Piscataqua River in Kittery, Maine. It is certain that he painted more than 500 canvases during his years in Kittery, and likely that there are many others for which dates are unknown. His work was exhibited in New York, Philadelphia, and Boston, where he was a frequent contributor to shows sponsored by the Guild of Boston Artists. John Benson painted right up to the time of his death in November 1947, at the age of 82. 

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