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Russell Smith
(American, born Scotland, 1812-1896)
Pool in the Meadow, 1883
Oil on canvas, 12 1/8 × 18 inches
Signed and dated at lower left: "RS. 1883"
 

RS 6501


Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Russell Smith immigrated with his family to the United States in 1824 and settled near Pittsburgh. He began to paint theater scenery in 1827, and studied fine art with James Reid Lambdin (1807–1889) in 1828. Smith moved to Philadelphia in 1835 and became the scenery painter for local theaters. By 1838, the year that Smith married the noted teacher and floral painter Mary Priscilla Wilson (1819–1874), he was considered one of the country's foremost theatrical painters. He was also active throughout his long career as a landscape painter who was active in Virginia, New England, and throughout Pennsylvania. He exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Artists' Fund Society in Philadelphia, the Boston Athenaeum, and the American Art Union in New York. Smith's son Xanthus Smith (1839–1929) and daughter Mary Smith (1842–1878) were also professional artists.

This painting is a typical example of the landscapes that Smith painted relatively late in his career around his home in Glenside, north of Philadelphia.



  


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