From A Dictionary of Irish Artists 1913
Was born in 1846. Her father, Dr. Charles Benson of 42 Fitzwilliam Square, was a leading surgeon in Dublin, and President of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1854-5; her mother, Maria, was daughter of Maunsell Andrews of Rathenny, King's County. She studied for two years in the Dublin Society's School, and besides three prizes won a medal for still life drawing in the National competition. She painted chiefly landscapes and sea-pieces, and was an exhibitor in the Royal Hibernian Academy from 1873 to 1890. During a visit to her brother in India she made a number of sketches and pictures of scenes in the Nilghari Hills and elsewhere. She died in 1893. Her sister, Mary Kate Benson, who also painted and exhibited, is still living.
Charlotte Milligan Fox, sister of the poet Alice Milligan, was a founding member of the Irish Folk Song Society and an indefatigable field collector of Irish traditional music. Her singularly important work on Irish haprers is here presented for the twenty-first century reader. This edition of Annals offers a much greater number of illustrations than were included in the original 1911 publication, a full biographical introduction, an extensive bibliography of the writings of Milligan Fox and an appendix discussing the variant texts of Arthur O’Neills Memoirs.
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