Mr. Benney was widely shown, starting with an exhibition of theater drawings at the Museum of the City of New York in 1933. His portraits of war and peace found permanent homes at the Corcoran Gallery and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, the Dallas Museum of Fine Art, the de Young Museum in San Francisco, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library in Hyde Park, N.Y., and the Society of Illustrators in Manhattan. His stark oils and watercolors were among the works of combat art featured last year on public television in the documentary ''They Drew Fire.'' The combat art collections of all four armed services in Washington contain examples of Mr. Benney's work. Thirteen of his creations are in the Navy Art Collection at the Naval Historical Center, which put them online.