2008508-0000 "Edward Downing Barber" by Benjamin Franklin Mason
Inventory Number: 2008508-0000 Potrait Subject: Edward Downing Barber Artist: Benjamin Franklin Mason Medium: Unsigned Oil on Canvas Size: 26" x 32" Circa Date: 1835
Biography of Artist:
Benjamin Franklin Mason American Potrait Artist 1804 - 1871
Benjamin Franklin Mason was born in Pomfret, Vermont in 1804. His specialty was itinerant portraits in oil. He worked throughout northern New England and settled in Woodstock, Vermont in 1861. He is listed in the Biographical Index of American Artists by Ralph Clifton Smith. Mason died in Woodstock, Vermont in 1871.
He exhibited at the Boston Athenaeum. Examples of his work are at the Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History, 1 Park Street, Middlebury, VT 05753.
Biography from the Vermont Historical Society, Montpelier, Vermont.
Biography of Subject:
Edward Downing Barber Editor, Lawyer, etc. 1806 - 1855
Edward Downing Barber of Middlebury, Addison County, Vermont, was born in Greenwich, New York on August 30, 1806. He was the son of a Baptist minister from Greenwich, New York. He graduated in 1829 from Middlebury College. Barber was the editor of the Anti-Masonic Republican and also worked for the Middlebury Free Press. After his newspaper career, he became a lawyer. Barber represented the Governor and Secretary of State as counsel. He became a Democrat and married a Nancy Waynewright. He had two daughters and one son. Barber started a glassworks on Lake Sumbrair. He died at Lake Dunn, Salisbury, Vermont on August 23, 1855.
Biography From the Vermont Historical Society, Montpelier, Vermont.
Frame Circa Date: 1840 Recessed Gold Leaf Frame Molding Width: 3 1/2" Frame Condition: Original