Mrs. Charles Jeffery Smith (Elizabeth Woolsey Smith, 1736-1816)
Oil on canvas
canvas: 47 3/4 x 41 3/4 in. ( 121.3 x 106 cm ) frame: 52 x 46 in. ( 132.1 x 116.8 cm )
inscriptions: lower left: R. Earl Pinxt. 1794
Elizabeth Woolsey Smith, of Smithtown, Long Island, was active in the domestic production of silk and is credited with introducing silkworm culture to her native region. Itinerant American portraitist Ralph Earl depicts Mrs. Smith stringing silkworm cocoons in preparation for spinning the silk into thread.
Purchase, Thomas Jefferson Bryan Fund
Purchased in Kent, Ct. by Vose Galleries in 1966 from a descendent of the subject.
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