The concrete details concerning the life and career of Thomas Benjamin Pope leave historians with little to analyze the paintings of this talented artist. Born in either New York or New Jersey, Pope was known to have operated as a liquor dealer before taking up the painter’s tools sometime before the outbreak of the Civil War. Like many Northerners, Pope served as a soldier during America’s national conflict, afterwards returning to Newburgh, NY where he took up permanent residence. The artist created a number of still life compositions during his career, many of which featured various fruits, and was also an accomplished landscape artist. Pope’s scenic views are often characterized by a tranquility and clarity associated with the works of his contemporary, John Frederick Kensett. Tragically, Pope died in a train accident in 1891.
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