Dimensions: Without stand: 16 3/4 × 10 7/8 × 1 in. (42.5 × 27.6 × 2.5 cm)
Signed: Signed lower left: Christian Petersen.
Inscription: Inscription: BENJAMIN FRANKLIN ALLEN 1829–1914
Credit Line: Gift of Voya, Des Moines, Iowa. In the Christian Petersen Art Collection, University Museums, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.
Object Number: UM2017.374
Benjamin F. Allen (1829–1914) was an early Des Moines businessman who, among other things, was the director or president of insurance companies, railroads, banks, the gas company, various industrial firms, and even served a term in the state senate. Allen, who at the time was Iowa’s wealthiest citizen, was responsible for the construction of what is now the governor’s residence, Terrace Hill.