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Naval painter, b. 1804 - d. 1885

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      • Benjamin Russell Engraving, "Sperm Whaling with Its Varieties", circa 1870
        Aug. 26, 2023

        Benjamin Russell Engraving, "Sperm Whaling with Its Varieties", circa 1870

        Est: $1,250 - $1,750

        Benjamin Russell (American 1804-1885) Engraving "Sperm Whaling with Its Varieties", circa 1870, matted and framed 19 in. x 33 in. Framed 27.5 in. x 41.5 in.

        Rafael Osona Auctions
      • Benjamin Russell American, 1804-1885 Off Shore
        May. 03, 2023

        Benjamin Russell American, 1804-1885 Off Shore

        Est: $800 - $1,200

        Benjamin Russell American, 1804-1885 Off Shore Signed Russell and indisitinctly inscribed (lr) Watercolor on paper 8 1/2 x 14 inches (21.6 x 35.6 cm) Provenance: Quester Gallery, Stonington, CT C Property from a Prominent Private Collection

        Doyle New York
      • RARE WHALING PRINT BY BENJAMIN RUSSELL (MA, 1804-1885)
        Feb. 25, 2023

        RARE WHALING PRINT BY BENJAMIN RUSSELL (MA, 1804-1885)

        Est: $800 - $1,200

        "Right Whaling in the Behring Sea and It's Varieties", 1897, hand colored lithograph after the painting by Russell, text across bottom of lithograph reads "Copyrighted 1871 by Benjamin Russell./ CAPE EAST./ SHIP ABANDONED, CRUSHED IN THE ICE./ TOWING BLASTED WHALE TO SHIP./ TRYING OUT AT ANCHOR./ BLUBBER LOGGED./ BOW HEAD WHALE PURSUED./ THE DIAMEDES./ FAIRWAY ROCKS./ FULL SHIP ROUND HOME./ BOAT IN FULL CHASE./ SHIPS TRYING OUT IN THE ARCTIC./ LANCING A BOW HEAD./ TAKING IN HEAD WITH WHALEBONE./ Copyrighted 1897 by H. S. Hutchinson & Co. New Bedford, Mass./ CAPE PRINCE OF WHALES./ SHIP BOILING HER LAST WHALE./ WALRUS ON THE ICE./ RIGHT WHALING IN BEHRING STRAITS AND ARCTIC OCEAN WITH ITS VARIETIES./ FROM AN ORIGINAL DRAWING BY BENJAMIN RUSSELL, NEW BEDFORD, MASS." In mahogany molded cove frame with ebonized bands, white liner, matted and glazed, OS: 24" x 39 1/2", SS: 17" x 34". Toned, foxed.

        Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
      • Benjamin Russell Watercolor, Gouache, and Ink Over Pencil Underdrawing Ship Portrait, circa 1874
        Aug. 07, 2022

        Benjamin Russell Watercolor, Gouache, and Ink Over Pencil Underdrawing Ship Portrait, circa 1874

        Est: $600 - $800

        Benjamin Russell (American 1804-1885) Watercolor, Gouache, and Ink Over Pencil Underdrawing Ship Portrait, "Schooner D.M. Anthony, James Mclane, Master", signed lower right, "B. Russel 1874". Benjamin Russel is best known for his accurate watercolors of whaling ships, born to a wealthy family in New Bedford he started painting while working as a cooper abaord a whaling ship. 18.75 in. x 27.25 in. Overall 23.25 in. x 32.75 in.

        Rafael Osona Auctions
      • RARE WHALING PRINT BY BENJAMIN RUSSELL (MA, 1804-1885)
        Jul. 09, 2022

        RARE WHALING PRINT BY BENJAMIN RUSSELL (MA, 1804-1885)

        Est: $800 - $1,200

        "Right Whaling in the Behring Sea and It's Varieties", 1897, hand colored lithograph after the painting by Russell, text across bottom of lithograph reads "Copyrighted 1871 by Benjamin Russell./ CAPE EAST./ SHIP ABANDONED, CRUSHED IN THE ICE./ TOWING BLASTED WHALE TO SHIP./ TRYING OUT AT ANCHOR./ BLUBBER LOGGED./ BOW HEAD WHALE PURSUED./ THE DIAMEDES./ FAIRWAY ROCKS./ FULL SHIP ROUND HOME./ BOAT IN FULL CHASE./ SHIPS TRYING OUT IN THE ARCTIC./ LANCING A BOW HEAD./ TAKING IN HEAD WITH WHALEBONE./ Copyrighted 1897 by H. S. Hutchinson & Co. New Bedford, Mass./ CAPE PRINCE OF WHALES./ SHIP BOILING HER LAST WHALE./ WALRUS ON THE ICE./ RIGHT WHALING IN BEHRING STRAITS AND ARCTIC OCEAN WITH ITS VARIETIES./ FROM AN ORIGINAL DRAWING BY BENJAMIN RUSSELL, NEW BEDFORD, MASS." In mahogany molded cove frame with ebonized bands, white liner, matted and glazed, OS: 24" x 39 1/2", SS: 17" x 34". Toned, foxed.

        Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
      • RARE WHALING PRINT BY BENJAMIN RUSSELL (MA, 1804-1885)
        Feb. 26, 2022

        RARE WHALING PRINT BY BENJAMIN RUSSELL (MA, 1804-1885)

        Est: $800 - $1,200

        "Right Whaling in the Behring Sea and It's Varieties", 1897, hand colored lithograph after the painting by Russell, text across bottom of lithograph reads "Copyrighted 1871 by Benjamin Russell./ CAPE EAST./ SHIP ABANDONED, CRUSHED IN THE ICE./ TOWING BLASTED WHALE TO SHIP./ TRYING OUT AT ANCHOR./ BLUBBER LOGGED./ BOW HEAD WHALE PURSUED./ THE DIAMEDES./ FAIRWAY ROCKS./ FULL SHIP ROUND HOME./ BOAT IN FULL CHASE./ SHIPS TRYING OUT IN THE ARCTIC./ LANCING A BOW HEAD./ TAKING IN HEAD WITH WHALEBONE./ Copyrighted 1897 by H. S. Hutchinson & Co. New Bedford, Mass./ CAPE PRINCE OF WHALES./ SHIP BOILING HER LAST WHALE./ WALRUS ON THE ICE./ RIGHT WHALING IN BEHRING STRAITS AND ARCTIC OCEAN WITH ITS VARIETIES./ FROM AN ORIGINAL DRAWING BY BENJAMIN RUSSELL, NEW BEDFORD, MASS." In mahogany molded cove frame with ebonized bands, white liner, matted and glazed, OS: 24" x 39 1/2", SS: 17" x 34". Toned, foxed.

        Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
      • Benjamin Harrison TLS Declining Invite to Meet Lord Charles Russell Who Supported McKinley
        Jan. 06, 2022

        Benjamin Harrison TLS Declining Invite to Meet Lord Charles Russell Who Supported McKinley

        Est: $300 - $400

        Benjamin Harrison TLS Declining Invite to Meet Lord Charles Russell 1p, measuring 8" x 10.5", Berkeley Lodge, Old Forge, New York, dated August 4, 1896. Signed "Benjamin Harrison" and addressed to Francis Rawle, Esq. Typed on personal letterhead, the letter regretfully declines an invitation to attend the meeting at Saratoga for the American Bar Association. Harrison expresses his disappointment at not getting to meet Lord Charles Russell, Lord Chief Justice of England. With flattened mail folds, light toning, and soiling throughout. Boldly signed. Following his presidency, Harrison traveled the country giving lectures and making appearances in support of William McKinley's presidential campaign. He also served on the Board of Trustees at Purdue University from July 1895 to March 1901. This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses. WE PROVIDE IN-HOUSE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE!

        University Archives
      • Print "Sperm Whaling with its Varieties"
        Aug. 01, 2021

        Print "Sperm Whaling with its Varieties"

        Est: $1,000 - $2,000

        "SPERM WHALING WITH ITS VARIETIES" "From an original drawing by Benjamin Russell (1804-1885), New Bedford, Mass., J.H. Bufford's Litho, 1870", shows five whaling boats, harpoonists, a rare print, in a gilded wood frame, some staining and toning, good color, labeled on verso "Goodspeeds Book Shop, Inc." and "Marine Arts Company", 21 " x 34" (sight).

        Willis Henry Auctions Inc.
      • Two Benjamin Russell Colored Lithographs on Paper “Sperm Whaling and Its Varieties,” and “Right Whaling in Behering Straits & Arctic Ocean with Its Varieties”
        Oct. 10, 2020

        Two Benjamin Russell Colored Lithographs on Paper “Sperm Whaling and Its Varieties,” and “Right Whaling in Behering Straits & Arctic Ocean with Its Varieties”

        Est: $2,000 - $3,000

        Two Benjamin Russell (American 1804-1885) Colored Lithographs on Paper "Sperm Whaling and Its Varieties", 1870 Published by J.H. Buffords Lith. 490 Wash. St. Boston, matted and framed. AND " Right Whaling in Behering Straits & Arctic Ocean with Its Varieties", 1871, Published By J.H. Bufford's Lith. 490 Wash St. Boston. 201 Broadway, New York. Proof 18 3/8 in. x 33 3/8 in. Overall 28 ¼ in. x 42 5/8 in. 19 ¼ in. x 33 3/8 in. Overall 28 ¼ in. x 42 5/8 in.

        Rafael Osona Auctions
      • Benjamin Russell Color Lithograph "Sperm Whaling with its Varieties"
        Aug. 09, 2020

        Benjamin Russell Color Lithograph "Sperm Whaling with its Varieties"

        Est: $1,000 - $1,200

        Benjamin Russell (American 1804-1885) Color Lithograph “Sperm Whaling with its Varieties”, Engraved According to Act of Congress in the year 1870 by Benjamin Russell in the Office of the Librarian of Congress at Washington; Published J.H Bufford, Litho 490 Washn St. Boston. Each section of the lithograph has descriptions of the disciplined actions below: “Setting on a Whale, Fast Boat Rolling up Sail, Whale in a Flurry, Waiting a Chance, Ship Cutting In, Just Fastening, Whale Sounding ,Whale Running, Trying Out, Stove Boat, Towing Whale to Ship.” 18 in. x 33 in. Overall 33 in. x 48 in.

        Rafael Osona Auctions
      • Two Benjamin Russell Colored Lithographs on Paper “Sperm Whaling and Its Varieties” and “Right Whaling in Behering Straits & Arctic Ocean with Its Varieties”
        Aug. 09, 2020

        Two Benjamin Russell Colored Lithographs on Paper “Sperm Whaling and Its Varieties” and “Right Whaling in Behering Straits & Arctic Ocean with Its Varieties”

        Est: $2,500 - $3,500

        Two Benjamin Russell (American 1804-1885) Colored Lithographs on Paper “Sperm Whaling and Its Varieties,” 1870 Published by J.H. Buffords Lith. 490 Wash. St. Boston, matted and framed. AND “Right Whaling in Behering Straits & Arctic Ocean with Its Varieties” 18 ⅜ in. x 33 ⅜ in. Overall 28 ¼ in. x 42 ⅝ in. 19 ¼ in. x 33 ⅜ in. Overall 28 ¼ in. x 42 ⅝ in.

        Rafael Osona Auctions
      • Benjamin Russell Watercolor on Paper "Stern View of the Vessel Milo, a Whaler Out of New Bedford"
        Aug. 09, 2020

        Benjamin Russell Watercolor on Paper "Stern View of the Vessel Milo, a Whaler Out of New Bedford"

        Est: $2,000 - $2,500

        Benjamin Russell (American 1804-1885) Watercolor on Paper “Stern View of the Vessel Milo, a Whaler Out of New Bedford,” circa 1830, the Milo on the high seas with two vessels on the horizon and storm clouds, initialed lower left B.R. 4 ⅞ in. x 7 ⅛ in. Overall 10 ¾ in. x 13 ¾ in. January 19, 1969 letter written by Robert R. Newell of the Whale House Gallery: “Starbuck lists only one vessel named Milo as a New Bedford whaler. Her first voyage was in 1830 – important since it conforms with her design, lines and particularly the stern treatment. She made 8 whaling cruises and in 1863 under Captain Jonathan C. Hawes, she sailed to the North Pacific where she was captured and bonded for $46,000 by the Confederate steam raider Shenandoah – June 1865. She was sent to San Francisco and then returned to New Bedford. Starbuck lists her as “sold out 1872.” This is very important in relation to B. Russell since “sold out” meant sold out of the Whale Fishery. It does not mean abandoned, condemned or laid up. Someone bought her and not for whaling so there is a good chance your Milo is the same vessel only refitted for merchant service. Also the date, 1872, coincides with B. Russell for many of his paintings were made around this time.” Original correspondence pertaining to the Milo watercolor accompany this lot: Robert R. Newell – Whale House Gallery January 19, 1969; M.V. Brewington – The Kendall Whaling Museum, June 24, 1969; A. Paul Winfisky – Peabody Museum – October 12,1988

        Rafael Osona Auctions
      • AMERICAN SCHOOL, New Bedford, Early 20th Century, Ship in moonlight., Pastel, 13" x 16.5" sight. Framed 20.5" x 25".
        Jan. 19, 2019

        AMERICAN SCHOOL, New Bedford, Early 20th Century, Ship in moonlight., Pastel, 13" x 16.5" sight. Framed 20.5" x 25".

        Est: $300 - $500

        AMERICAN SCHOOL New Bedford, Early 20th Century Ship in moonlight. Signed and dated lower right "Russell 1911". Pastel, 13" x 16.5" sight. Framed 20.5" x 25".

        Eldred's
      • ATTRIBUTED TO BENJAMIN RUSSELL, Massachusetts/Rhode Island, 1804-1885, Whaleship cutting in., Mixed media on paper, 12" x 18" sight....
        Nov. 18, 2017

        ATTRIBUTED TO BENJAMIN RUSSELL, Massachusetts/Rhode Island, 1804-1885, Whaleship cutting in., Mixed media on paper, 12" x 18" sight....

        Est: $500 - $1,000

        ATTRIBUTED TO BENJAMIN RUSSELL Massachusetts/Rhode Island, 1804-1885 Whaleship cutting in. Unsigned. Mixed media on paper, 12" x 18" sight. Framed 19" x 25".

        Eldred's
      • "Abandonment of the Whalers in the Arctic Ocean"
        Mar. 04, 2017

        "Abandonment of the Whalers in the Arctic Ocean"

        Est: $1,500 - $2,000

        Benjamin Russell, publisher (New Bedford, Massachusetts, 1804-1885) Abandonment of the Whalers in the Arctic Ocean Sept. 1871. Set of four hand colored lithographs, sheet size: 14 3/4 x 21 in., each framed Condition: Repairs, holes, staining, frame wear. Prints are hinge mounted and not glued down.

        Alex Cooper
      • Benjamin Russell Painting of Ship "Malvink"
        Aug. 06, 2015

        Benjamin Russell Painting of Ship "Malvink"

        Est: $1,000 - $2,000

        This oil on canvas signed B Russell is mounted on board. The ship appears to be named "Malvink". 32 2/4" x 25 3/4". Good condition.

        Americana Auctions
      • MARINE WATERCOLOR - Ship's Portrait of Schooner Stephen Morgan, of Taunton, by Benjamin Russell (MA, 1804-1885), signed lr and dated
        Feb. 02, 2013

        MARINE WATERCOLOR - Ship's Portrait of Schooner Stephen Morgan, of Taunton, by Benjamin Russell (MA, 1804-1885), signed lr and dated

        Est: $2,000 - $3,000

        MARINE WATERCOLOR - Ship's Portrait of Schooner Stephen Morgan, of Taunton, E.B. Gale, Master, by Benjamin Russell (MA, 1804-1885), signed lr and dated 1874, depicting the three-masted coastal schooner underway with four others in the background, in red walnut frame with etched gilt liner, under the original old glass, SS: 23 3/4" x 36 3/4", OS: 28 1/2" x 41 1/2", overall toning, edge stains.

        Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
      • Watercolor Ship's Portrait by Benjamin Russell 1874
        Nov. 03, 2012

        Watercolor Ship's Portrait by Benjamin Russell 1874

        Est: $3,000 - $5,000

        MARINE WATERCOLOR - Ship's Portrait of Schooner Stephen Morgan, of Taunton, E.B. Gale, Master, by Benjamin Russell (MA, 1804-1885), signed lr and dated 1874, depicting the three-masted coastal schooner underway with four others in the background, in red walnut frame with etched gilt liner, under the original old glass, SS: 23 3/4" x 36 3/4", OS: 28 1/2" x 41 1/2", overall toning, edge stains.

        Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
      • BENJAMIN RUSSELL, American, 1804-1885, "Schooner D.M. Anthony, James M. Lane Master"., Watercolor and gouache on paper, 23" x 35" si...
        Jul. 20, 2012

        BENJAMIN RUSSELL, American, 1804-1885, "Schooner D.M. Anthony, James M. Lane Master"., Watercolor and gouache on paper, 23" x 35" si...

        Est: $3,000 - $5,000

        BENJAMIN RUSSELL American, 1804-1885 "Schooner D.M. Anthony, James M. Lane Master". The schooner is portrayed off Dumplin Lighthouse. Russell presents a nice depiction of the vessel, with foliate detail in upper corners. Signed lower right "B. Russell 1874". Watercolor and gouache on paper, 23" x 35" sight. Framed.

        Eldred's
      • AFTER BENJAMIN RUSSELL, (American, 1804-1885), RIGHT WHALING IN BEARING STRAITS AND ARCTIC OCEAN WITH ITS VARIETIES, hand colored li...
        Mar. 25, 2012

        AFTER BENJAMIN RUSSELL, (American, 1804-1885), RIGHT WHALING IN BEARING STRAITS AND ARCTIC OCEAN WITH ITS VARIETIES, hand colored li...

        Est: $800 - $1,200

        AFTER BENJAMIN RUSSELL (American, 1804-1885) RIGHT WHALING IN BEARING STRAITS AND ARCTIC OCEAN WITH ITS VARIETIES hand colored lithograph; published by J. H. Buffords, Boston & New York; circa 1871; sight: 21 x 37 inches

        Grogan & Company
      • Benjamin Russell (American 1804-1885) Schooner
        Oct. 13, 2007

        Benjamin Russell (American 1804-1885) Schooner

        Est: $2,000 - $3,000

        Benjamin Russell (American 1804-1885) Schooner Albert W. Smith Signed B. Russell and dated 1874 l.r. Watercolor, gouache and graphite on paper, titled and inscribed George W. Leavitt Master / of Providence, R.I. l.c.; heavy toning and scattered areas of spotting overall, with some surface soiling in the u.l. quadrant and some scattered minor surface abrasions. Framed.* Sight size: 24-1/2 x 35-1/4 in (62.2 x 89.5 cm)

        Weschler's
      • BENJAMIN RUSSELL American, 1805-1885
        Jul. 29, 2005

        BENJAMIN RUSSELL American, 1805-1885

        Est: $1,000 - $1,500

        Gaff-rig sloop with two-masted schooner off stern and distant land off bow, possibly Gay Head, Martha's Vineyard. Pencil signed lower right "Russell" and illegible date. Watercolor, 8 1/4 " x 13 1/4 " sight. Framed.

        Eldred's
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