Benjamin Eisenstat (1915-2001). Society Hill, c.1950. Oil on canvas, 20 x 32 inches; 27 x 39 inched framed. Signed lower right. Signed and titled en verso. Excellent condition with minor paint cracking in lower area. The scene depicts the Society Hill neighborhood in Philadelphia. The distinctive steeple of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church is clearly visible at left.
Birth place: Phila.
Addresses: Philadelphia 33, PA; Moorestown, NJ
Profession: Painter, illustrator, cartoonist
Studied: Graphic Sketch Club; Fleisher Art Mem; PAFA; Albert Barnes Foundation.
Exhibited: PAFA, 1935-38; PAFA ann., 1968; Albany Inst. Hist. & Art; Artists for Victory, 1945 & Nat. Drawing Show, 1955, MMA, 1942; AIC, 1943; Heerlen, Holland, 1944 (solo); Norfolk Mus. Art Nat. Drawing Show, 1971; Watercolor USA, Springfield, MO, number of times including 1972; NAD Ann., New York; AWCS Ann., New York; Newman Gallery, Phila., 1970s. Awards: ann. medal achievement, Phila. WCC, 1962; Harrison Morris prize, fellowship, PAFA, three times; Watercolor USA prize, Springfield Mus., 1972.
Member: AWCS; Phila. WCC (board directorss); Phila. Art Alliance (board directors, 1962-68); Artists Equity (board directors, 1967-71); PAFA (board directors, 1955-60).
Work: Phila. Graphic Sketch Club; PMA; Fleisher Art Mem., Phila.; Springfield (MO) Art Mus.; Woodmere Gallery, Phila.; Jefferson Hospital, Phila. Commissions: official painting of nuclear ship Savannah, U.S. Maritime & NY Ship Commission, Washington, DC, 1959; three panel historical mural, First Bank NJ, Phila., 1960; three panel historical mural, Provident Mutual Life Ins. Co., Phila., 1962; two panel historical mural, Burlington Co. Trust Co., Moorestown, NJ, 1963; two panel historical mural, Oreland Episcopal Church, PA, 1970.
Comments: Publications: author/illustrator of articles, Today, 1954-1971 & Ford Times, 1954-72; author/illustrator of articles in travel section, NY Sunday Times, 1955-61; author/illustrator, Coming Events in Britain, 1961. Teaching: assoc. professor painting & drawing, Phila. College Art, 1946-69, professor painting & drawing & chmn. illustrating dept., 1969-; instructor watercolor, PMA, 1962-66. Collection: original illustrations.
Sources: WW73; WW47; Hugh Scott, Mural on Market Street,” Today, June 12, 1960; Henry Pitz,” Documentary Drawings of Benjamin Eisenstat,” Am. Artist (Dec., 1965); Falk, Exh. Record Series. “