Francis Hopkinson Smith (1838-1915)
Oil on canvas
Overall: 9 1/8 x 7 in. ( 23.2 x 17.8 cm )
signature and date: upper right: "J. Allen St. John / '96"
The subject was born in Baltimore, a great-grandson of Francis Hopkinson, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. As an engineer in New York, his most notable work was the foundation of the Statue of Liberty. He pursued painting as a hobby, but was eventually recognized as a professional. He created the illustrations for several of the books he wrote: "Charcoals of New and Old New York" (1912), for example. He also wrote several novels.
Gift of George A. Zabriskie
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