James Ben Ali Haggin III

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Ben Ali Haggin
James Ben Ali Haggin III (1918).jpg
Born(1882-04-20)20 April 1882
Died2 September 1951(1951-09-02) (aged 69)
Known forPainter, stage designer

James Ben Ali Haggin III (20 April 1882 – 2 September 1951) was an American portrait painter and stage designer, most commonly referred to as "Ben Ali Haggin".[1] The grandson of James Ben Ali Haggin, he was born in New York City and, after extensive education, began exhibiting formally in 1903.[2][3][4] He was awarded the Julius Hallgarten Prize in 1909.[3] A founding member of the National Association of Portrait Painters, he was also an associate academician of the National Academy of Design from 1912. In the 1930s, Haggin turned his abilities to stage design and created sets for the Metropolitan Opera Ballet and the Ziegfeld Follies.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Haggin's family were of partial Turkish origin.[5] He married Margaret Faith Robinson on 4 November 1903 at the Church of the Transfiguration, New York.[1]

In 1914, several major events occurred in Haggin's life. he separated from his wife, and shorely thereafter "went to a sanitarium." Additionally, his grandfather, James Ben Ali Haggin, a colorful the multi-millionaire, passed away. Haggin inherited a reputed $10 million from his estate. In 1916 he married Miss Helen Roche, an actress and dancer who went by the stage name Bonnie Glass.[6]

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  1. ^ a b Fleming, Geoffrey K. (May 2005). "Biography of James Ben Ali Haggin III". Haggin. Retrieved 8 January 2011.
  2. ^ Kleber, John E. (1992). The Kentucky Encyclopedia. University Press of Kentucky. p. 397. ISBN 0-8131-1772-0.
  3. ^ a b c Dearinger, David B. (2004). Paintings and Sculpture in the Collection of the National Academy of Design: 1826-1925. Hudson Hills. p. 245. ISBN 1-55595-029-9.
  4. ^ The New York Times (March 12, 1908). "Legend Busy with a Thais Picture" (PDF). Retrieved 8 January 2011.
  5. ^ J.S. Clarke. "History". Linda Haggin Peck. Archived from the original on 2011-07-26. Retrieved 2008-09-30.
  6. ^ The New York Times (June 5, 1916). "Ben Ali Haggin marries Miss Bonnie Glass" (PDF). Retrieved 8 January 2011.

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