Benjamin Chambers Brown
(1865 – 1942)

A painter, lithographer and etcher. Born in Marion, Arkansas on July 14, 1865. Early in life Brown was trained as a photographer and in his late teens studied at the St. Louis School of Fine Arts under Paul Harney and John Fry. He later studied in Paris at the Academie Julian under Laurens and Benjamin-Constant. During his early career he moved about and was active in St. Louis, Little Rock, and Texas. Earlier he specialized in portraiture and still lifes; however, upon moving to Pasadena in 1896, he turned his attention to the local landscape. His first etchings were done in 1914 and, with his brother Howell, he cofounded the Printmakers of Los Angeles which later became the California Society of Printmakers. Brown died in Pasadena on January 19, 1942. Today he is nationally known for his Impressionist landscapes of the snow-capped Sierra peaks and fields of poppies.

Image courtesy of

Edan Milton Hughes, Artists in California 1786 – 1940

American Federation of Arts
California Art Club (President, 1915-1916)
Chicago Society of Etchers
Laguna Beach Art Association
Printmakers of Los Angeles (California Society of Printmakers)