Washingtonian Benson Bond Moore, who was Native American, learned the conservation of paintings from his father and studied at the Corcoran School of Art with Edmund Clarence Messer and Richard Norris Brooke. He also studied drawing at the Linthicum Institute under Ballenger.
Moore illustrated many books and articles for the Star newspaper with etchings and engravings. He also taught etching at the Hill School of Art. He retired to Florida in 1942 and died there thirty years later.
Moore’s etchings of birds were compared to Audubon’s and his small landscapes to Corot.
With Charles Seaton, Winfield Cume, and Edwin Cassidy, Moore was a founding member of The Ramblers Sketch Club, a group of Washington painters who roamed the countryside, painting and critiquing each other’s work, which later became the Washington Landscape Club.
Moore exhibited widely, including a solo exhibition at the Corcoran Gallery early in his career in 1928. His works are found in the permanent collections of the White House, the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institute, and the New York Public Library.