One of America’s most famous 19th-century artists, Benjamin Champney was born in New Ipswich, New Hampshire. As an adult, he lived in North Conway, where he kept an artist’s studio. Benjamin loved the White Mountains and made many sketches and paintings of the natural world. These types of paintings are called landscape paintings because they focus on the land around us. Benjamin’s White Mountain paintings were very popular, and many tourists bought them, taking them to their homes in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Chicago. But not just tourists were impressed with Benjamin’s beautiful landscape paintings. Other artists were as well, and they came from all over the country to visit him at his North Conway studio to learn about painting the natural world.