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Benjamin Russell: Whaleman-Artist, Entrepreneur

The exhibition catalogue titled Benjamin Russell: Whaleman-Artist Entrepreneur provides an overview of Benjamin Russell’s artistic career from his voyage on the Kutusoff beginning in 1841 to his final series of lithographs and ship portraits in the 1870’s. Russell’s oeuvre is examined in relation to contemporary social and economic conditions. Several early works by Russell, recently conserved and exhibited for a limited time, will appear in the catalogue. The illustrated works provide valuable insight to the chronological and stylistic development of Russell’s scenes of whaling and ship portraiture.


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