A painter of popular historical and genre subjects, Benjamin Franklin Reinhart was born in 1829 near Waynesburg, Pennsylvania. He began painting portraits at the age of 16 while taking artistic training in Pittsburgh. In 1847 Reinhart moved to New York City and enrolled at the National Academy where he studied for three years. An additional three years of artistic study abroad followed, with time spent in Dusseldorf, Paris and Rome. In 1853 Reinhart returned to New York and opened a portrait studio. While based in New York he also made several trips through the mid-west and south seeking commissions and, in 1859, moved his studio to New Orleans.In 1868 he returned to New York City where he was elected to the American National Academy in 1871 and worked the remainder of his life, developing a special reputation for anecdotal scenes with little girls, a number of which were reproduced as chromolithographs. Reinhart died in Philadelphia in 1885.
The chase. Benjamin Franklin Reinhart.