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date: 14 December 2019

Benson, R(obert) H(enry)locked

(b 1850; d April 7, 1929).


(b 1850; d April 7, 1929).

British banker, connoisseur and collector. He was educated at Eton and Balliol College, Oxford; in 1887 he married Evelyn Holford, the daughter of the collector Robert Stayner Holford. Earning his fortune as senior partner in the merchant bank Robert Benson and Co., London, he became a trustee of the National Gallery in 1912 and was also a member of the Council of the Royal College of Music. In addition he was a member of the Burlington Fine Arts Club and edited various catalogues for their benefit, notably that of the Holford Collection and an exhibition of the School of Ferrara-Bologna. With his wife, he established an important art collection that was strong in works of the early Italian Renaissance. Among the artists included were Domenico Beccafumi, Giovanni Bellini, Botticelli, Correggio, Piero di Cosimo, Carlo Crivelli, Ghirlandaio, Giorgione, Filippino Lippi, Lotto, Bernardino Luini, Palma il Vecchio, del Sarto, Signorelli, Titian and ...

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