Francis Hopkinson Smith (1838-1915)
Black ink and wash, charcoal, and white chalk on gray paper, mounted on stretcher
Overall: 14 1/4 x 10 in. ( 36.2 x 25.4 cm ) mat: 22 x 16 in. ( 55.9 x 40.6 cm )
signature: lower right, graphite
Inscribed at lower right in graphite: "F Hopkinson Smith"
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 R.W.G. Vail
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