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William James Bennett
Date: ca. 1784 - 1844
Remarks: William James Bennett studied with the watercolorist Richard Westall at the Royal Academy. From 1808 to 1825 his works were exhibited in London where he was a member of the Associated Artists in Water-Colours (1802-1812) and the Society of Painters in Water-Colours (1820-1825). It is believed that Bennett came to New York City around 1826. He exhibited in New York in 1827 at the National Academy of Design, to which he was elected an academician in 1828. From 1830 to 1839 Bennett served as the Academy's Keeper, in charge of schools. He exhibited a number of paintings of both American and European scene at the Apolli Asscoation, the American Art-Unima, and the National Academy.