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Xanthus Russell Smith
(American, 1839–1929)
Summer, 1881

Oil on canvas, 8 1/4 × 10 1/8 inches
Signed and dated at lower right: “Xanthus Smith/1881”
Inscribed on canvas verso bottom right: “Summer./Xanthus Smyth[sic]/1881.”

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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