Benoni Irwin

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Benoni Irwin (1840 – August 26, 1896) was an American portraitist.

A pupil of the National Academy of Design in New York City, USA, he trained in Paris with the famous French portraitist Emile Auguste Carolus-Duran (1838–1917). His work was shown in the Exposition Universelle at Paris in 1889, and the Chicago World's Fair in 1893. Irwin had studios in San Francisco, New York, and Baltimore.

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Benoni Burdeau Irwin was born in 1840 in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada to Jared Irwin (1803–1873) and Lydia Kennedy (1807–1871) and moved to upstate New York as a young man. His family were Quakers, originally from the Scottish Borders. The Canadian Irwins were Late Loyalists, i.e. those loyal to the British Crown who emigrated to Canada after the American Revolution had ended. Members of the Irwin family fought against the US during the War of 1812. Despite their participation in the Rebellion of 1837, Benoni Irwin was patronized by a Lieutenant-Governor of Upper Canada, thus launching his career.He was a pupil of the National Academy of Design in New York City from 1861 to 1863 and trained in Paris with the famous French portraitist Emile Auguste Carolus-Duran (1838 – 1917) from 1867 to 1869. He returned to the United States by 1870, where he spent time in Louisville, Kentucky and San Francisco (where he resided for five years) throughout the 1870s and 1880s.

In 1873, while in California, Irwin married Adelaide (Adela)...
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