Xanthus Russell Smith
Rocky Coast, May 28th 1918
Oil on paper, 5 3/8 x 7 3/4 inches
Signed and dated at lower left: “X S May 28/1918”
It has been suggested that this scene depicts Maine—most probably Mt. Desert—as Smith
was working in that area at that time.
Xanthus Russell Smith was born in Philadelphia. He studied medicine at the University of
Pennsylvania from 1856–58 but then gave it up for art. He studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
and at the Royal Academy in London. Smith served in the United States Navy during the Civil War and later painted
on a large scale the important naval engagements of the War for which he is best known. After the war, he mainly
worked in Philadelphia, and he maintained a summer home on Casco Bay, Maine. His work is in the Pennsylvania Academy
of the Fine Arts, the Mariner's Museum, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Delaware Historical Society, Colby College,
and the Union League of Philadelphia.
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