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Russell Smith : Bellinzona: Garibaldi's Wintering Quarters of 1859
Russell Smith (Bellinzona: Garibaldi's Wintering Quarters of 1859)

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Artist: Russell Smith
Title: Bellinzona: Garibaldi's Wintering Quarters of 1859
Year: 1860
Media: Oil on canvas, 15 3/4 x 24 inches
Description: Inscribed on verso: (in ink) "The Ticino at Bellenzona/Garibadlis wintering quarters in 1859/Russell Smith" [sic]

Bellinzona is the capital of the canton Ticino in Switzerland. The town lies east of the Ticino river, at the foot of the Alps. It stretches along the river valley, surrounded by the southern ranges of the Alps. During the Second War for Italian Independence, the area served as a resting ground for the famous Italian General Guiseppe Garibaldi and his army.

Scottish artist Russell Smith immigrated to the United States in 1819 and eventually settled in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He studied with the portraitist James Reid Lambdin, and began to paint theater stage scenery in 1833, initiating a long career as America’s foremost painter of theater scenes and curtains. He moved to Philadelphia in 1835 to paint decorations for the Walnut Street Theater and began to exhibit his landscapes at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1834, continuing to do so until 1889. After a painting trip to Europe from 1851 to 1852, Smith returned to Philadelphia and divided his time between painting theater scenery and romantic landscapes of the Susquehanna, Wissahickon, Pennypack, and Juniata river valleys. He spent his last years at Edgehill, the home and studio he built in Glenside.

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