Benjamin Champney, American. 1817-1907.
Benjamin Champney was born in New Hampshire and began his career as a lithographer in Boston, but became a
renowned landscape, portrait and floral painter. Benjamin Champney was encouraged early on by the highly
acclaimed painter Washington Allston, who persuaded him to study in Europe. In 1841, Champney took the first of
numerous European trips, which usually included Italy and Paris. These early travels inspired him to paint landscapes.
Benjamin Champney's landscape subjects were usually the North Conway region of New Hampshire. Champney's method was
to combine detail with panorama. He spent many summers sketching in the White Mountains and the remainder of the year
in his studio doing oil paintings from his sketches. Many of his floral works were directly from nature.
Champney was also appreciated for his encouragement of aspiring artists, and in North Conway taught many classes
applying Hudson River School painting techniques to the New Hampshire landscape. He was also a founder of the Boston
Art Club and exhibited widely in Boston and New York. His autobiography is titled: "Sixty Years' Memories of Art and
Artists". Catherine Campbell lists Champney's paintings extensively in the authoritative dictionary of New Hampshire
artists "New Hampshire Scenery".
On exhibit: "Autumn Landscape".
Signed lower left.
Oil on canvas 14" x 19".