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Edwin Smith (1822–1906)

Object Name: Portrait
Date: 1847
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Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: Overall: 34 × 27 1/4 in. (86.4 × 69.2 cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Edwin Smith
Object Number: 1900.1
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Marks: Stamp, oval black: "Prepared by Edwd Dechaux New York"

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An Egyptologist, Smith was one of the earliest students of Egyptian hieroglyphics. For twenty years he lived at Luxor where in 1862 he acquired the important surgical papyrus which was presented to the New-York Historical Society by his daughter.