Elihu Hubbard Smith (1771-1798)
Pastel on brown paper
Overall: 9 1/2 x 7 1/2 in. ( 24.1 x 19 cm )
inscription: on wood backing: "Likeness of Dr. Elihu Smith author of Edwin & Angelina; / One of the Editors of the Med'l Repository / presented to the Histor'l Society / by David Hosack feb'y 19th 1833 / This likeness executed by / Sharpless [sic] celebra
Wood panel backing of frame inscribed in black ink: "Likeness of Dr Elihu Smith / author of Edwin & Angelina; / one of the Editors of the Medl. Repository / presented to Historl. Society / by David Hosack feby 19th 1833 -- / This likeness executed by by / Sharpless[sic] celebrated Painter in Crayon""
Born in Litchfield, Conn., the subject was the only son of Dr. Reuben Smith and Abigail (Hubbard) Smith. He graduated from Yale in 1786 and studied medicine in Philadelphia. In 1794 he established a successful medical practice in New York. He founded the first American medical journal, "The Medical Repository," and wrote "Edwin and Angelina," which was produced as a ballad opera in 1796.
Gift of Dr. David Hosack
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