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.
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