A drypoint by American artist Frank Weston Benston (American, 1862-1951) depicts a group of ducks taking flight, rising from the bottom right corner to the top of the composition, and is a typical wildlife scene for the artist.
Benson was a prominent American impressionist who worked on the East Coast. An avid birdwatcher, he desired to be a be an ornithological illustrator, but gained success for his portraits of women and children. However, his love for wildlife, and birds in particular, never wained. In 1914, he began etching and chose wildlife scenes to be his subject matter. His works gained great popularity, and The Boston Globe reported that Benson was the “best known and most popular etcher in the world.” Due to this he is credited with creating the genre of wildlife prints, which many other artists emulated.