He was the eldest son of the painter Albrecht Adam, and distinguished himself especially by his depictions of game animals, hunting dogs and pets in larger compositions (deer and boar hunting, fox baiting, etc.) He was associated with the Chiemsee artists' colony.
In addition to his paintings, he illustrated several textbooks and manuals, including Anleitung zur Rindviehzucht und zur verschiedenartigen Benutzung des Hornviehs (Guide to Beef Cattle Breeding and the Diverse Use of Horned Cattle) by Heinrich Wilhelm von Pabst, J. G. Cotta, Stuttgart (1851).
In the summer of 1834, he married Josepha Quaglio, the eldest daughter of the painter and architect Domenico Quaglio. Their son Emil Adam also became a painter. Benno Adam's brothers were the painters Franz and Eugen Adam.
Bernese Mountain Dog and Her Pups (1862)
- Hyacinth Holland (1900), "Adam, Benno", Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie (ADB) (in German), 45, Leipzig: Duncker & Humblot, pp. 688–689
- Media related to Benno Adam at Wikimedia Commons
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