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James Ben Ali Haggin III (upd. 05-28)
by Vlad for group historicalziegfeld May 8, 2010
James Ben Ali Haggin III
1882 - 1951
Ben Ali Haggin
James Ben Ali
James Ben Haggin
“Portrait painter and stage designer, most commonly referred to as "Ben Ali Haggin"
James Ben Ali Haggin (III) was born in New York City, the son of James Ben Ali Haggin Jr. (1853-1891) and Lee Wood (1856-1934). He was the namesake of his illustrious grandfather James Ben Ali Haggin Sr. (1822-1914), the famous turfman and California mining millionaire.
Ben Haggin attended the Pomfret School in Connecticut and later the Thatcher School in Ojai, California close to where his grandfather had lived. In New York, he studied under the noted educator Frederick S. Grow (1868-1933). His art training began with travel to Munich, Bavaria where he studied at the Academy there, later returning to this country to study at the Art Students League in New York City.
He married Ms. Margaret Faith Robinson (1883-1958) in November of 1903 at the Little Church Around the Corner. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jeremiah Robinson of New York City and Narragansett, Rhode Island. Soon after their return from their honeymoon, Haggin began to paint portraits professionally.
He began exhibiting formally in the United States at the National Academy of Design in New York City, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, and at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D. C., in the year 1908.
Also in that year his portrait of Ms. Mary Garden as "Thais," which caused great excitement at the time, was exhibited in the windows of The Knoedler Art Gallery. At that time Haggin was working out of a studio at 27 West 67th Street. In 1910 he exhibited again at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.
The MacDowell Club at 108 West 55th Street invited Haggin and several of his contemporaries to exhibit there in November of 1911.
In 1912 Haggin was elected as an Associate Academician (A.N.A.) of the National Academy of Design and became a founding member of the National Association of Portrait Painters.
Their first exhibition was held in March of that year where Haggin exhibited two works, portraits of "Miss Marjorie Curtis" and "Mrs. Wilfrid Buckland."
Later that year a selection of Haggin's portraits where exhibited at the Glaenzer Galleries and featured works that were called " . . . brilliant and vivacious to the verge of unreality."
They included portraits of Mrs. Leo Everett, Ms. Kitty Gordon, Mademoiselle Rita Sacchetto, Otis Skinner, Margaret Lee, and others.”
Written and submitted May 2005 by Geoffrey K. Fleming, Director
Southold Historical Society, Southold, New York
“When the grandson of a very rich man devotes his life to art instead of luxurious ease, one must feel high respect for his efforts to achieve success in his adopted profession. I write of Ben Ali llaggin with sincere entusiasm. because I have visited his studio and have seen many of his portraits. His large portrait of Mary Garden is known throughout this country and Europe as most interesting likeness of the prima donna. Twelve of Mr. Haggin's portraits were recently shown at the Glaenzer Galleries. The canvasses included Miss Marjorie Curtis, Mrs. Edward W. Delafield, Mrs. Leo Everett, Miss Kitty Gordon, Mrs. Wilfred Buckland, Mr. Otis Skinner as "Hajj the Beggar" in "Kismet." Mmle. Rita Sacchetto, Mr. J. Harry Benrimo, two of Margaret Lee one in a Chinese coat, and a portrait in black. The exhibition attracted much attention, due to excellence of execution. Mr. Ben Ali Haggin was born in this city April 1882. He was prepared to enter Harvard University. After study abroad, he opened a studio in New York and married Miss Faith Robinson two years later. At 24 Mr. Haggin exhibited at the Society of American Artists and since then his pictures have been accepted and hunt at nearly all important galleries, including the National Academy of Design. Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Corcoran Gallery at Washington. Cincinnati Museum, the Royal Academy at Berlin and Der Kunstverein at Munich.
The history of the Haggin family is very romantic. Mr. Haggin's great-great-grand-father came from Turkey to this country in
the eighteenth century was an officer of the Janizaries at Constantinople and his name was Ibrahim Ben Ali. The artist's grandfather James B. Haggin, the wealthy mineowner, is the largest breeder of thoroughbred horses in this country. At the age of 84, he is hale and active. I lis Kentucky stud farm at Elmendorf is the show place of the state; his California stock farm. Bancho del Paso, contains 47,000 acres. At the two places, Mr. Haggin has had at one time as many as 1.0(1(1 brood mares and stallions; in the days
of turf popularity, he bred as many as 400 yearlings annually. His racing stable has contained many illustrious names. Mr. Ben
Ali Haggin's grandmother was a famous Southern beauty Miss Sanders, of Natchez. She died in 1894. The artist has his atalier in the studio building on West Sixtyseventh Street. His club is the Players.”
© Julius Chambers
“The book of New York; forty years' recollections of the American metropolis”
JAMES B. A. HAGGIN WEDS
November 4, 1903, Wednesday
Miss Faith Robinson the Young Artist's Bride.
His Grandfather, James B. Haggin, Not Present at the Ceremony
Friends Taken by Surprise.
CAPT. HAGGIN NO FUGITIVE
May 10, 1914
Says Report of Escape from Keeper Is a Guardsmen's Joke.
Ben Ali Haggin, the artist who six months ago sought a resting place at Blythewood Sanitarium on the Greenwich Hills and has since remained there during ...
BEN ALI HAGGIN WEDS MISS BONNIE GLASS
June 5, 1916, Monday
Artist Who inherited $10,000,000 Admits He Was Quietly Married to Actress.
HE WAS RECENTLY DIVORCED
Friends Did Not Know That His First Wife Had obtained a Decree.
$15,000 A YEAR PAID TO HAGGIN'S WIVES
February 8, 1922, Wednesday
Trustees of Artist's Inheritance Show Allowances Made Under Agreements.
DIVORCED WIFE GOT $5,000 Present
Mrs. Haggin, Living Apart From Husband, Receives $10,000 --She Was Formerly a Dancer.
A suit filed in the Supreme Court yesterday shows that in 1914 James Ben Ali Haggin, artist, who received $1,714,039 from the $20,000,000 estate of his grandfather, James B. Haggin, formed a trust fund of the entire inheritance, ...
SAYS WIFE DIVORCED HAGGIN IN MEXICO
October 1, 1928, Monday
Lawyer for Artist Asserts Decree Has Reached the FormerBonnie Glass, Dancer.
DECLARES BOTH FILED SUITS
But That Court Found Against theHusband on Charge of Mental Cruelty--Couple Wed in 1916.
Mrs. Helen Roche Haggin, formerly Bonnie Glass, the dancer, has obtained a Mexican divorce from James Ben Ali Haggin, the artist, according to Arturo del Toro, Mexican attorney, with offices at 36 Park Avenue.
BEN ALI HAGGIN WED TO ITALIAN DANCER
October 5, 1928, Friday
Friends Reveal Marriage of the Recently Divorced Artist to Miss Mary Corday.
Ben Ali Haggin, wealthy artist and sportsman, was wedded last Saturday to Miss Mary Corday, a young dancer of Florence, Italy. The wedding became known yesterday through friends and relatives of Mr. Haggin.
BEN A. HAGGIN DIES; PORTRAIT PAINTER
September 3, 1951, Monday
Grandson of Late Turfman
Works Were Exhibited at Many One-Man Shows
Ben Ali Haggin of Tuxedo Park, N.Y., a portrait painter who was well known in society, died yesterday after a long illness in the Doctors Hospital. He was 69 years old.
- 1905-Hanako Haggin
- 1905-Hanako Haggin NY Times, 1 January 1906
- 1908-Mary Garden as Thais Haggin
- 1908-Mary Garden as Thais Haggin Mary Garden's story p113
- 1908-Mary Garden as Thais Haggin NY Times, 12 March 1908
- 1908-Mary Garden as Thais Haggin The Sun, 5 April 1908 01
- 1908-Mary Garden as Thais Haggin The Sun, 5 April 1908 02
- 1908-Mary Garden as Thais Haggin The Sun, 5 April 1908 03
- 1908-Mary Garden as Thais Mishkin
- 1910-Rita Sacchetto Haggin 01
- 1910-Rita Sacchetto Haggin 02
- 1910-Rita Sacchetto Haggin NY Times, 18 December 1910
- 1910s-Ellen H Farnsworth Loomis Haggin
- 1910s-Frances White Haggin NY Times, 7 March 1918
- 1910s-Helen Roche-Haggin (Bonnie Glass) Haggin NY Times, 7 March 1918