Benton Spruance

1904–1967

Benton Spruance, ‘Bestiary’ 1967
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Benton Murdoch Spruance (June 25, 1904–December 6, 1967) American painter, printmaker, architect.

Spruance was born and died in Philadelphia. He was a long-term faculty member and Chairman of the Arts Department at Beaver College in Glenside, PA, as well as Chairman of the Printmaking Department of the Philadelphia College of Art. As a printmaker, Spruance was known for his innovations in color lithography with series of works relating to mythological and religious themes, as well as portraiture. His work was part of the painting event in the art competition at the 1936 Summer Olympics.

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