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BEHENNA, Katherine Arthur

Helensborough-on-Clyde, Scotland, ?
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Biography synopsis
Although born in Scotland, Katherine Arthur Behenna (also Catherine) was the daughter of a Montrealer, and was educated in Montreal, Boston, New York, Edinburgh and France. She married Henry Carstairs Behenna in 1885, though they later divorced. Her miniature paintings won much acclaim and gave her the opportunity to take the likenesses of many significant personalities of the time, such as HRH Princess Louise, Princess of Wales. Her work was shown at the Royal Academy in London and in many French and American exhibitions. Various books and articles of hers were also published under the pseudonym "John Prendergast." In 1912, she was living in Etaples, France. Her works can be found in the collection of the New York Historical Society, New York.
Media used
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Art Students' League, New York
Académie Julian, Paris
Private study (under Jules Lefebvre)
Private study (under Paul Laurens)
Private study (under Benjamin Constant)
File & Archive locations
Canadian Women Artists History Initiative Documentation Centre, QC

Writings about
Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon: Die bildenden Künstler aller Zeiten und Völker. Leipzig: G. K. Saur, 1992.
"Art Notes." The Monthly Illustrator & Home and Country 12.6 (1896): v-vi, x.
American Federation of Arts. American Art Annual, 1913. Washington, DC, and New York: American Federation of Arts, 1913.
Benezit, Emmanuel. Dictionnaire critique et documentaire des peintres, sculpteurs, dessinateurs et graveurs. Paris: Librairie Grund, 1976.
Clift, Ida Young. "A Well Known Miniature Painter." The Art Amateur 44.5 (1901): 126-27.
Foskett, Daphne. Miniatures: Dictionary and Guide. Woodbridge, Suffolk: Antique Collectors' Club, 1987.
Graves, Algernon. The Royal Academy of Arts: A Complete Dictionary of Contributors and Their Works from its Foundations in 1769 to 1904. London: Henry Graves & Co. and George Bell & Sons, 1905.
Harper, J. Russell. Early Painters and Engravers in Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1970.
Johnson, Jane and A. Greutzer. Dictionary of British Artists, 1880-1940. Woodbridge: Antique Collectors' Club, 1976.
Morgan, Henry James. The Canadian Men and Women of the Time: A Handbook of Canadian Biography. Toronto: William Briggs, 1898.
Petteys, Chris, et al. Dictionary of Women Artists: An International Dictionary of Women Artists Born Before 1900. Boston: G. K. Hall, 1985.
Waters, Grant M. Dictionary of British Artists Working 1900-1950. Eastbourne: Eastbourne Fine Arts Publications, 1975.

Writings by
Behenna, Catherine A.. Great Operas Told For Children: Tales From the Great Operas Retold By John Prendergast [pseud.]. New York, NY: F.A. Stokes Co., 1909.
Behenna, Catherine A.. Mystic Songs of Fire and Flame. Boston: The Cornhill company, 1921.

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