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Francis Hopkinson Smith (1838–1915)
Date: ca. 1890
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Medium: Black ink and wash, charcoal, and white chalk on gray paper, mounted on stretcher
Dimensions: Overall: 14 1/4 x 10 in. ( 36.2 x 25.4 cm ) mat: 22 x 16 in. ( 55.9 x 40.6 cm )
Description: Portrait
Credit Line: Gift of R. W. G. Vail
Object Number: 1957.9
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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.


"Summers Abroad: The European Watercolors of F. Hopkinson Smith," Jordan Volpe Gallery, New York, NY, May 8–June 15, 1985.

"The Tile Club and the Aesthetic Movement in America: 1877-1887," The Museums at Stony Brook, NY, October 9, 1999–January 23, 2000.