Frank Benson, American, 1872-1951, "Over the Treetops," This rare 1915 Benson etching measures 5 x 7 7/8 inches. It is signed, numbered and titled on the lower margin. In the Ordeman catalogue it is #84. Printed on Normandy vellum, only 54 proofs were made of which fifty are signed and numbered. Benson was a very successful painter and a member of "The Ten" along with Childe Hassam and J. Alden Weir, before he began the sporting paintings and etchings for which he is most widely known. He was a founding member of the Boston Guild of Artists and a long time teacher at the Museum School in Boston. In 1912, at the age of 50, Benson began his etchings and drypoints, mainly of wild fowl which he depicted with expressive lines and rich toning that exquisitely captured the life and energy of the wild birds.