Artist Biography

Benjamin RABORG
1871 - 1918

Benjamin Raborg was born in Missouri in 1871. He lived in Chicago until the death of his father. He then came to California about 1880 to live with his uncle, Astley David Middleton Cooper. His uncle taught him to paint and the two artists shared a studio in San Jose. After the earthquake and fire in 1906, many wealthy San Franciscans commissioned Raborg to do decorations and paintings for their homes. By 1913 he was living in obscurity in a small hotel in downtown San Francisco. The artist was fatally injured when hit by a cable car on February 7, 1918. Varying in quality, his portraits, landscapes, and Indian scenes are similar to those by his uncle.

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