Sun Glare

by Frank Weston Benson (1862–1951)
Watercolor and pencil on paper
14⅜ x 20½ inches
Signed and dated lower left: F. W. Benson / ‘23


The artist

Salem Country Club, Peabody, Massachusetts, acquired from above

Childs Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts

Private collection, Boston, Massachusetts, acquired from above, 1989

Spanierman Gallery, New York, New York

Joukowsky collection, acquired from above, 1995

Sale, Christie’s, New York, New York, January 18, 2024, lot 296, from above


Sesqui-Centennial International Exposition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, June 1–December 1, 1926

R.G. Dunthorne Gallery, Washington, DC, Watercolors by Frank W. Benson, 1927


Paintings, Sculpture and Prints in the Department of Fine Arts Sesqui-Centennial International Exposition (Philadelphia, 1926), 76, no. 817.

Related Works

The Dunes in Winter, 1922, watercolor and pencil on paper, 14⅝ x 20¾ inches, signed and dated lower left; Cincinnati Art Museum, Ohio

St. Marguerite River, 1922, watercolor and pencil on paper, 16⅛ x 20 1/16 inches, signed and dated lower left; Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island

Note: This work was exhibited at the Sesqui-Centennial International Exposition, a world’s fair held in 1926 in Philadelphia. The event marked the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence as well as the 50th anniversary of the 1876 Centennial Exposition.

This work is no. 162 on the Watercolor List of Sylvia P. Benson, daughter of the artist.

Artist Biography

An American Impressionist and member of the Ten American Painters best known for his plein-air paintings

By Alexandra A. Jopp

Frank Weston Benson, “America’s Most Medaled Painter,” was renowned for his images of female figures on a hilltop presented with Impressionist atmospheric techniques

I. Biography
II. Chronology
III. Collections
IV. Exhibitions
V. Memberships
VI. Notes
VII. Suggested Resource


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