|Dates: ||1811 - 1871|
Bennett was a landscape artist, exhibiting prolifically from 1842 to 1871. He was described by the Illustrated London News as a “painter of considerable ability in the simpler manner of the earlier watercolourists” who excelled in “suggesting rather than realising details.” This stood him in good stead when working with paper negative photography. In 1848 Bennett joined the New Water Colour Society, and at some point later in life he studied under the popular watercolorist David Cox. In the period of 1856-58 Bennett exhibited numerous studies of trees and landscapes done in the waxed-paper process, reserving his use of collodion for portraiture, which an 1857 catalogue revealed he “coloured from the back.” At the time of Bennett’s death, the Art-Journal observed: “A few years ago his drawings bore far greater similarity” to Cox “than his later works show; especially in the treatment of foliage. His works of all periods bear evidence of close study of nature, and, consequently, of truthfulness.”
Roger Taylor & Larry J. Schaaf Impressed by Light: British Photographs from Paper Negatives, 1840-1860 (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2007)
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Date last updated: 4 Nov 2012.
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