Benjamin Ridgeway Evans
(American, 1834 - 1891)
Benjamin Ridgeway Evans was a delineator of Philadelphia street scenes. Evans is believed to have been English by birth and first appears in Philadelphia city directories in 1857 -- as an architect. Between 1857 and 1891 Evans is variously listed as a printer, artist, draftsman, or designer. His watercolor Landing and Coates Streets, 1884 (after earlier view of 1868), owned by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and his albumen stereograph “Fairmount Park, Philadelphia,” were shown in the exhibition The Fairmount Waterworks, 1812-1911, held at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in the summer of 1988, and were also listed in The Fairmount Waterworks 1812-1911, Bulletin (Philadelphia Museum of Art, vol. 84, nos. 360, 361, Summer 1988, p. 42). Works by Evans are also in the collection of the Library Company of Philadelphia.