Burgoyne, Benjamin

Burgoyne, Benjamin (?)

According to the Connecticut Federal Arts Project’s newsletter for July 1939, Benjamin Burgoyne was a descendant of the British officer, General John Burgoyne, who was defeated by the patriots at the Battle of Saratoga during the Revolution. Benjamin Burgoyne worked for the WPA from 1938-1940 using his carpentry skills to manufacture frames for over 1,138 easel paintings. In 1939 the newsletter states that Burgoyne was “now in charge” of the “framing department.” It describes him as “an expert cabinet maker and framer.” He also cut glass, prepared matting, and painted and shellacked the frames. Nothing else is known about him.

¦lt;br /> Sources:  WPA Artist’s Work Card; WPA Federal Arts Project Newsletter, July 1939.

Works of Art Listed in CT Archives’ database from Benjamin Burgoyne:

Burgoyne, Benjamin