Benton Murdoch Spruance


Pastel on paper, SLR. Nude portrait of a seated woman. 25.5"h x 17.25"w unframed

Benton Murdoch Spruance (June 25, 1904–December 6, 1967) American painter, printmaker, architect.

Spruance was born and died in Philadelphia. He was a long-term faculty member and Chairman of the Arts Department at Beaver College in Glenside, PA, as well as Chairman of the Printmaking Department of the Philadelphia College of Art. As a printmaker, Spruance was known for his innovations in color lithography with series of works relating to mythological and religious themes, as well as portraiture. His work was part of the painting event in the art competition at the 1936 Summer Olympics.[1]

In 1959, his work was exhibited at Lehigh University along with that of George Harding and Schilli Maier in an exhibit organized by Francis Quirk.