Ben Richardson Screen painter


Services for Benjamin Bernard Richardson, an East Baltimore screen painter whose work was featured in a 1988 film, will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow at the Ambrose Funeral Home on Sulphur Spring Road in Arbutus.

Mr. Richardson, who was 87, died Friday at Summit Nursing Home in Catonsville after a stroke.

Mr. Richardson was born in Essex, England, and came to the United States with his parents when he was 6 months old.

He lived most of his life in East Baltimore and began his work as a window screen painter four decades ago to make a few extra dollars. The art form, which flourished in the 1930s and 1940s, was the subject of the 1988 film "American Folk Arts," a joint production of the Baltimore Office of Folklore and the Painted Screen Society, and Mr. Richardson's work was used in the film.

Mr. Richardson also worked for 42 years as a door-to-door bill collector for the Regal Shop, a men's clothing store on West Baltimore Street.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Gladys Evans Richardson; a daughter, Violet Felicio of Baltimore; a son, Donald Richardson of Lansdowne; two sisters, Myrtle Nichols of Catonsville and Ivy Sanders of Columbia; three grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

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