Artists (B) (American Collection)
In his foreword to the book Pride of Place: The Art of Carl Brenders (2007), Robert Bateman declared, "It has been said that art begins where nature ends. In the case of the work of Carl Brenders, art and nature blend in a seamless continuum." Brenders is an internationally acclaimed wildlife artist whose photorealistic paintings include animals from Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Especially known for his exquisite detail and the equal attention given to the animal, the habitat, and the...
Benjamin Burt (1729-1805, lived to the ripe old age of 76, producing work over a 50-55 year span of time. Like the second Paul Revere, Benjamin was a patriot; he fought at the Battle of Lexington. And also like Revere, he became a prominent and wealthy Boston businessman, prosperous enough to have the renowned John Singleton Copley paint his portrait and to leave his family an estate valued at over $5,000.
One of the most diligent makers of church silver in early New England, John Burt is believed to have been trained as a silversmith by John Coney. He was married to Abigail Cheever in 1714. Burt's civic activities included service at various times as constable, tithingman, and clerk for the market. Among his numerous children, three sons, Samuel (1724-54), William (1726-52), and Benjamin (1729-1805), were silversmiths, having learned the trade from their father. Two of them Samuel and Benjamin, are represented in this...
Of the three sons by John and Abigail Burt who became silversmiths, Samuel was the eldest, but he had the shortest career of them all. Very little is known of Samuel's life except that he was married twice, first to Elizabeth White in 1747, and then to Elizabeth Kent of Newbury, Massachusetts, 1749.