Benson, Leslie

Leslie Benson was born on March 15, 1885, in Mahone, Nova Scotia. He attended the School of Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Erie Pape School, and the Fenway School. He drew illustrations for magazines in the 1920’s and 1930’s and then became a book illustrator. Later in his life, Benson went into the field of religious art. He was a member of the Salmagundi Club, the Artist’s Guild, and the Society of Illustrators. For the WPA Federal Arts Project, Benson turned out 55 easel paintings, many of which were allocated to the Mystic Oral School, the Soldiers’ Home in Rocky Hill, Cedarcrest, Laurel Heights, and Undercliff Sanatoria, Center School in West Hartford, Long Lane Farm, and the Uncas on Thames Hospital. Benson died in September 1972 in a hospital in Tryon, North Carolina.

Sources: WPA Artist’s Work Card; WPA Biography; AskART; Who Was Who in American Art (1985), p. 48; Fielding’s Dictionary of American Painters, pp. 64-65.

Leslie Benson

Works of Art Listed in CT Archives’ database from Leslie Benson:

Gold and Blue: watercolor
Late Afternoon, Autumn: watercolor
The Rock: watercolor
The Back Field: watercolor
The Broken Mirror: watercolor
Autumn Reflections: oil
Seen in the Valley: oil
Wintry Shore: oil
Six Weeks to Spring: oil
Flowing Endlessly: oil
Slanted Shadows: watercolor
Tranquility: oil
From Another Generation: watercolor
April 15!: oil
Hillsides: oil
The Swimming Hole: oil
The Spring: oil
Holiday: watercolor
The Beach: watercolor
All at Sea: watercolor
The Beach Comber: watercolor
In Gloucester, Mass: watercolor
Spot on the Saugatuck: watercolor
Lilly Pads: watercolor
Shadowy Pool: watercolor
Wanbeeka Lake: watercolor
The Old Apple Tree: watercolor
A Bit of the Sea: watercolor
Old Farm Buildings 2: watercolor
Neglected Sheds: watercolor
Sea Weed: watercolor
The Lake: watercolor
Still With Ya: oil
Waters Swell, Coward!: oil
Mississippi Roustabouts: oil
Waiting for the Boss #39: oil
Sailing, Sailing #43: oil
Meow #42: oil
Hot Day Nell #41: oil
Who Said Eats #40: oil
Labor Trouble #1: watercolor
On the Way #2: watercolor
Gee Whiz #4: watercolor
No Money in Glass Eggs #5: watercolor
1-2-3-4-Five #3: watercolor
Summer Days #6: watercolor
Tricks #7: watercolor
Um-M Frogs #8: watercolor
Going Down #9: watercolor
A New Day #10: oil
Serious Business #11: oil
Push #12: watercolor
Aspiration #13: watercolor
Mountain Music #14: watercolor
Heart Trouble #15: oil
Gloxinias: oil
Benson, Leslie