Skip to main content Smithsonian Institution

Search Results

Collections Search Center
188 documents - page 1 of 10

Russell, Xanthus, and Mary Smith family papers

Creator:
Smith family (Philadelphia, Pa.)  Search this
Names:
Smith, Mary Priscilla, 1819-1874  Search this
Smith, Mary Russell, 1842-1878  Search this
Smith, Russell, 1812-1896  Search this
Smith, Xanthus, 1839-1929  Search this
Extent:
5.12 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sketchbooks
Writings
Scrapbooks
Tintypes
Drawings
Daguerreotypes
Ambrotypes
Photographs
Sketches
Date:
1793-1977
bulk 1826-1977
Summary:
The Russell, Xanthus, and Mary Smith family papers comprise 5.12 linear feet and are dated 1793-1977, bulk 1826-1977. Correspondence, writings, artwork, financial records, printed material, miscellaneous items and photographs provide documentation of the lives and works of painter, illustrator and poet, Russell Smith, and his son, painter Xanthus Smith, and scattered documentation of the lives of his wife, painter and educator Mary Priscilla Smith, and daughter and painter Mary Russell Smith.
Scope and Content Note:
The Russell, Xanthus, and Mary Smith family papers comprise 5.12 linear feet and are dated 1793-1977, bulk 1826-1977. Correspondence, writings, artwork, financial records, printed material, miscellaneous items and photographs provide documentation of the lives and works of painter, illustrator and poet, Russell Smith, and his son, painter Xanthus Smith, and scattered documentation of the lives of his wife, painter and educator Mary Priscilla Smith, and daughter and painter Mary Russell Smith.

Family papers include correspondence, writings, printed material, and miscellaneous items. Correspondence, the bulk of which is comprised of letters to and from Russell and Xanthus Smith, covers both personal and professional matters. Among the correspondents are family, friends, colleagues, and arts organizations. Writings, printed material, and miscellaneous items in this series refer either to the entire Smith family or multiple individuals. Miscellaneous items also concern Horace Binder, father-in-law of Xanthus Smith.

The Russell Smith papers are comprised of biographical information, writings, artwork, and financial records. Biographical information includes some personal documents such as passports and marriage certificates. Among Russell Smith's writings are an autobiography, transcripts of correspondence, and notes. Artwork consists of loose pages and sketch books containing sketches and drawings in pencil, ink, and watercolor. His financial records are cash books recording professional and personal expenses, and receipts and memorabilia from the family's 1851-1852 travels in Europe. The printed material consists of loose clippings and a scrapbook of clippings from Philadelphia newspapers, as well as a small number of exhibition catalogs.

The Xanthus Smith papers consist of biographical information, artwork, financial records, and printed material. Among the writings are his unpublished autobiography, biographies of his father and sister, impressions of the Centennial art exhibition, journals, notes, and poems. Artwork consists of loose sketches in pencil and ink, and sketchbooks containing sketches and finished drawings in pencil and ink, some colored with gouache or watercolor washes. Financial records are cash books recording personal and professional expenses. Printed material includes clippings and a scrapbook.

The Mary Smith papers consist of writings, sketches, and printed material. The papers of her mother, Mary Priscilla Smith, are comprised of writings and printed material.

Photographs are of people, artwork, and miscellaneous subjects. People represented are Russell and Mary Priscilla Smith, their children Xanthus and Mary Smith, and several other relatives including Xanthus's wife and Russell's sister, granddaughter, and uncle. Photographs include ambrotypes, daguerreotypes, and tintypes, along with glass negatives and a small number of original prints. Copy prints have been produced from the glass negatives and other cased photographs. Photographs of artwork are of paintings by Russell Smith, Xanthus Smith, and other artists.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 6 series:

Missing Title

Series 1: Smith Family Papers, 1793-1977 (Box 1; 0.9 linear ft.)

Series 2: Russell Smith Papers, 1805-1954 (Boxes 1-2; 1.2 linear ft.)

Series 3: Xanthus Smith Papers, 1850-1953 (Boxes 3-4; 1.9 linear ft.)

Series 4: Mary Smith Papers, 1852-1877 (Box 5; 4 folders)

Series 5: Mary Priscilla Smith Papers, 1839-1874 (21 folders)

Series 6: Photographs, circa 1845-1934 (Box 6-7, MGP 3, Black Cabinet; 0.9 linear ft.)

Microfilm reel numbers and frames are referenced at folder headings in parenthesis when known. Glass plate negatives are housed separately and closed to researchers.
Biographical Note:
Russell Smith (1812-1896) was a native of Glasgow, Scotland whose family came to the United States in 1819 and settled near Pittsburgh. The Smith children were educated at home, and Russell showed an early interest in art. His first formal training in portraiture and landscape painting was in Pittsburgh under James Reid Lambdin. Around 1827, Smith began painting backdrops for theaters and within 6 years had achieved a national reputation for his theatrical painting. In 1835 he moved to Philadelphia to paint for the Walnut Street Theater, and soon received commissions to paint for theaters in Boston and Washington. Around this time, he also began writing poetry. Even while engaged in theatrical work, Smith continued to paint landscapes which were exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Artists' Fund Society of Philadelphia as early as 1834.

Russell Smith married Mary Priscilla Wilson, a flower painter and teacher of French and drawing, in 1838. By the 1840s, in addition to painting landscapes and theatrical backdrops, Smith was advertising his services as an "illustrator for lectures on various branches of natural science painted in distemper." He accompanied the scientific expeditions of geologists William Barton Rogers and Henry Darwin Rogers to Virginia and the Susquehanna and Juniata River valleys of Pennsylvania in 1844 and 1845 as an illustrator. During this period, Smith also traveled extensively in New Hampshire and upstate New York for summer painting expeditions. The Smiths traveled to Europe with their two children in 1851-1852, touring Wales, Scotland, Switzerland, Italy, the Netherlands, London, and Paris. Smith visited major museums and private collections, as well as architectural attractions, making sketches and keeping detailed notes of the trip.

Smith continued painting landscapes well into old age, even though his long out of fashion works were rejected with increasing frequency by the juries of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He died in 1896.

Born in Milestown, Pennsylvania in 1819, Mary Priscilla Smith (1819-1874) studied at a female seminary in Germantown, Pennsylvania operated by noted educator William Russell (Russell Smith's uncle) in Germantown, Pennsylvania, and at Charles Picot's school in Philadelphia. She eventually became a teacher of French, drawing, and painting at the Picot school, and later taught at a school established by William Russell in Philadelphia.

At her husband's urging, Mary Priscilla Smith, already an accomplished flower painter, began painting figures and landscapes, and participated in exhibitions of the Artists' Fund Society exhibitions. After becoming a mother, she painted very little but taught her children, Xanthus and Mary, to draw and paint. Mary Priscilla Smith died in 1874.

Xanthus Smith (1839-1929) was born in Philadelphia and was educated at home. During the family's European tour of 1851-1852 he saw a wide variety of art and, upon returning home, began painting with enthusiasm. Around 1858 he enrolled in a cast drawing class at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

At the start of the Civil War Xanthus Smith enlisted in the Navy, where he served as clerk to the commander of a flagship guarding Port Royal, South Carolina. He began producing detailed drawings of the ships both for official purposes and his own enjoyment. After the war, he continued painting ships and exhibited many of these paintings at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Further commissions of Civil War subjects followed, and Xanthus Smith was soon recognized as the foremost painter of Civil War naval battle scenes.

In the 1880s, Xanthus Smith began painting European landscapes, probably based on his father's sketches made during their 1851-1852 tour of Europe. By the 1900s, he was concentrating on portraiture and figure subjects, and continued painting well into old age. His final years were spent in an unsuccessful attempt to publish his autobiography, "An Unvarnished Tale." Xanthus Smith died in 1929.

Mary Russell Smith (1842-1878) was born near Jenkintown, Pennsylvania. Her mother provided her with instruction in flower painting and she sketched animals and insects independently. At age fourteen Mary Smith completed her first oil painting and by 1858 had begun compiling a list of her completed pictures. She was encouraged by her parents to pursue a career as a professional artist. From 1859-1869, and in 1876 and 1878, Mary Smith exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. She also participated in exhibitions at the National Academy of Design in New York, and in the 1876 Centennial Exhibition held in Philadelphia.

From early childhood, Mary Smith enjoyed raising poultry, and chickens became her favorite painting subject. Her paintings of chickens were popular with Philadelphia art collectors, and sought after in England.

Always sickly, Mary Smith died of gastric fever in 1878. At her request, Russell Smith established the Mary Smith Prize, awarded annually by the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, for the best painting exhibited by a woman resident of Philadelphia.
Provenance:
The Smith family papers were donated to the Archives of American Art in 1978 and 1979 by Franklin R. Smith, a family descendent.
Restrictions:
The collection is partially microfilmed. Use of material not microfilmed requires an appointment.
Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Occupation:
Educators -- Pennsylvania  Search this
Painters -- Pennsylvania  Search this
Illustrators -- Pennsylvania  Search this
Poets -- Pennsylvania  Search this
Topic:
Works of art  Search this
Painting, Modern -- 19th century -- Pensylvania  Search this
Landscape painting  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Women painters  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sketchbooks
Writings
Scrapbooks
Tintypes
Drawings
Daguerreotypes
Ambrotypes
Photographs
Sketches
Citation:
Smith family papers, 1793-1977, bulk 1826-1977. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.smitfami
See more items in:
Russell, Xanthus, and Mary Smith family papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-smitfami
Online Media:

Smith, Russell 1812-1896

Collection Creator:
Richardson, Edgar Preston, 1902-1985  Search this
Richardson, Constance, 1905-  Search this
Container:
Box 23, Folder 21
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1968
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original material requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact References Services for more information.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Edgar P. Richardson papers, 1814-1996, bulk 1921-1996. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
E.P. (Edgar Preston) and Constance Richardson papers
E.P. (Edgar Preston) and Constance Richardson papers / Series 6: Artist-Subject files
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-richedga-ref1027

Xanthus Smith diaries

Creator:
Smith, Xanthus, 1839-1929  Search this
Names:
Smith, Russell, 1812-1896  Search this
Extent:
2 Volumes ((on partial microfilm reel))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Volumes
Date:
1883-1892
Scope and Contents:
Handwritten diary, January 1-December 31, 1883, and July 1, 1891-May 14, 1892. The entries detail the daily events of Smith, who painted in his studio almost every day, usually finishing a painting in one to three days. The entries also record his domestic life, living with his wife, children, and father, painter Russell Smith, outside of Philadelphia, Pa. He writes of his numerous paintings, often referring to his materials and techniques; of trading pictures for frames; critiques an exhibition of etchings in Philadelphia in 1883; records his investments in stocks and bonds, transactions with his dealers Haseltine and Davis & Harvey; paintings on sea shells that he sold in Atlantic City; photographing of outdoor scenes that he later used as subjects for his paintings; developing photographs; making prints; family illnesses and visits from Dr. Paxton; use of Devoe paints and canvas; a trip to Southwest Harbor, Maine, in 1883, where he made numerous outdoor studies and sketches; and numerous and futile attempts to color glass lantern slides. [This reel is mislabeled Russell Smith].
Biographical / Historical:
Marine and landscape painter, photographer; Philadelphia, Pa.
Provenance:
Microfilmed by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania for the Archives of American Art, 1955.
Restrictions:
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
Occupation:
Painters -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia  Search this
Photographers -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia  Search this
Topic:
Painting, Modern -- 19th century -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia  Search this
Photography -- History -- 19th century  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.smitxant
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-smitxant

Selected art related letters from Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Society Collection

Creator:
Historical Society of Pennsylvania  Search this
Names:
Carey & Hart  Search this
Peale's Museum (Philadelphia, Pa.)  Search this
Abbey, Edwin Austin, 1852-1911  Search this
Abbey, Mary Gertrude, d. 1931  Search this
Alexander, Archibald, 1772-1851  Search this
Allston, Washington, 1779-1843  Search this
Bayley, Frank W.  Search this
Beale, Pennel  Search this
Belcher, Wm. (William)  Search this
Bierstadt, Albert, 1830-1902  Search this
Brodhead, Col  Search this
Burrell, B.  Search this
Carey, Edward L., 1806-1845  Search this
Carey, Henry Charles, 1793-1879  Search this
Catlin, George, 1796-1872  Search this
Ceracchi, Giuseppe, 1751-1801  Search this
Chapman, J. G. (John Gadsby), 1808-1889  Search this
Cheney, John, 1801-1885  Search this
Clarke, Miss  Search this
Claypoole, James, Sr., 1720-1796  Search this
Coleridge, Samuel Taylor, 1772-1834  Search this
Cox, James, 1751-1834  Search this
Curren, Mr  Search this
Darley, Felix Octavius Carr, 1822-1888  Search this
Delaplaine, Joseph, 1777-1824  Search this
Dickinson, John, 1732-1808  Search this
Dillwyn, William, 1743-1824  Search this
Donnehue, Humphrey  Search this
Du Simitière, Pierre Eugène, ca. 1736-1784  Search this
Duane, William J. (William John), 1780-1865  Search this
Dunlap, William, 1766-1839  Search this
Eliot, S.  Search this
Elliott, James B.  Search this
Elwyn, Langdon, Mrs.  Search this
Fielding, Mantle, 1865-1941  Search this
Francis, John W. (John Wakefield), 1789-1861  Search this
Gibson, Charles Dana, 1867-1944  Search this
Gillingham, Harrold E. (Harrold Edgar), 1864-1954  Search this
Greenough, Horatio, 1805-1852  Search this
Harding, George, 1882-1959  Search this
Hayes, Charles P.  Search this
Hollingsworth, Levi, 1739-1824  Search this
Hosack, David, 1769-1835  Search this
Howell, Mr.  Search this
Hunt, William Morris, 1824-1879  Search this
Huntington, Daniel, 1816-1906  Search this
Inman, Henry, 1801-1846  Search this
Jackson, William  Search this
Jones, Horatio Gates, 1822-1893  Search this
Jordan, John W. (John Woolf), 1840-1921  Search this
Kimball, Henry H. (Henry Hastings), b. 1835  Search this
Lambdin, James Reid, 1807-1889  Search this
Leidy, Joseph, 1823-1891  Search this
Leland, Charles Godfrey, 1824-1903  Search this
Lippincott, J. B. (Joshua Ballinger), 1813-1886  Search this
Livermore, George, 1809-1865  Search this
Low, Will Hicok, 1853-1932  Search this
Madison, James, 1751-1836  Search this
Marchant, Edward Dalton, 1806-1887  Search this
Martin, John Hill, 1823-1906  Search this
McAllister, John A.  Search this
McMurtrie, James, fl. 1843-1864  Search this
Monaghan, James  Search this
Montgomery, John C., Mrs.  Search this
Moody, William H. (William Henry), 1853-1917  Search this
Murray, J.  Search this
Myers, Albert Cook, 1874-1960  Search this
Nathans, Isabella  Search this
Nathans, Rebecca  Search this
Neagle, John, 1796-1865  Search this
Newsam, Albert, 1809-1864  Search this
Ogden, C. S.  Search this
Otis, Bass, 1784-1861  Search this
Paca, John  Search this
Paine, Thomas, 1737-1809  Search this
Peale, Charles Willson, 1741-1827  Search this
Peale, Franklin, 1795-1870  Search this
Peale, James, 1789-1876  Search this
Peale, Mary Jane, 1827-1902  Search this
Peale, Rembrandt, 1778-1860  Search this
Peale, Titian Ramsay, 1799-1885  Search this
Pennell, Joseph, 1857-1926  Search this
Penrose, Clement B. (Clement Biddle), 1832-1911  Search this
Piggot, Robert, 1795-1887  Search this
Randolph, Benjamin, 1737 or 8-1791  Search this
Read, Thomas Buchanan, 1822-1872  Search this
Richards, William Trost, 1833-1905  Search this
Rittenhouse, David, 1732-1796  Search this
Rosenthal, Albert, 1863-1939  Search this
Rossiter, Thomas Prichard, 1818-1871  Search this
Rothermel, Peter Frederick, 1812-1895  Search this
Rush, William, 1756-1833  Search this
Saint-Mémin, Charles Balthazar Julien Fevret de, 1770-1852  Search this
Sartain, John, 1808-1897  Search this
Schoff, Stephen Alonzo, 1818-1904  Search this
Schreiner, Jacob  Search this
Shrigley, James, 1814-1891  Search this
Smith, Russell, 1812-1896  Search this
Snowden, James Ross  Search this
Snyder, W. D.  Search this
Somerville, Dr.  Search this
Stanbridge, J. C.  Search this
Stephens, Charles H., 1855?-1931  Search this
Stone, Frederick D. (Frederick Dawson), 1841-1897  Search this
Stuart, Gilbert, 1755-1828  Search this
Sully, Thomas, 1783-1872  Search this
Syng, Philip, 1703-1789  Search this
Taylor, Frank H. (Frank Hamilton), 1846-1927  Search this
Troth, Henry, 1794-1842  Search this
Trumbull, John, 1756-1843  Search this
Vanderlyn, John, 1775-1852  Search this
Vaux, Mr  Search this
Ward, Townsend, 1817?-1885  Search this
Wells, William Hill, 1769-1829  Search this
Wharton, Geo. M. (George Mifflin), 1808-1870  Search this
Wharton, Mr  Search this
Wharton, Thomas Kelah, 1814-1862  Search this
Williams, Henry, 1828-1893  Search this
Willis, Nathaniel Parker, 1806-1867  Search this
Wilson, Alexander, 1766-1813  Search this
Woodside, John Archibald, 1781-1852  Search this
Wright, Patience Lovell, 1725-1786  Search this
Wylie, Samuel B. (Samuel Brown), 1773-1852  Search this
Extent:
2 Reels (ca. 150 items (on 2 partial microfilm reels))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Reels
Date:
1760-1935
Scope and Contents:
Letters, mainly from artists, and documents selected from the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's miscellaneous manuscript collection (Society Collection). Letters are to various people; 46 of them are to Townsend Ward and a few are to John A. McAllister, photographer. Many of the letters refer to paintings, portraits, commissions, and awards.
Writers of letters include: Edwin Austin Abbey, Mary Gertrude Abbey, F.W. Bayley, Albert Bierstadt, George Catlin, Joseph Ceracchi, John Gadsby Chapman, John Cheney, James Claypool, James Cox, F.O.C. Darley, Joseph Delaplaine, Humphrey Donnehue, William Dunlap, Pierre Eugene Du Simitiere, S. Eliot, Charles Fevret De Saint-Memin, Charles Dana Gibson, Harold Edgar Gillingham, Horatio Greenough, George Harding, Levi Hollingsworth, William Morris Hunt, Daniel Huntington, Henry Inman, Horatio Gates Jones, James Reid Lambdin, Will Hicok Low, Edward Dalton Marchant, William Henry Moody, John Neagle, Albert Newsam, Bass Otis, Thomas Paine, Charles Willson Peale, Franklin Peale, James Peale, Jr., Mary Jane Peale, Rembrandt Peale, Titian Ramsay Peale, Joseph Pennell, Clement Penrose, Robert Piggot, Thomas Buchanan Read, William Trost Richards, Thomas Prichard Rossiter, Peter Frederick Rothermel, William Rush, John Sartain, Stephen Alonzo Schooff (to Townsend Ward), Russell Smith, Charles H. Stephens, Thomas Sully, Philip Syng, John Vanderlyn, N.P. Willis, Alexander Wilson and Patience Wright.
Among the recipients of letters are Archibald Alexander, David S. Brown, William Belcher, Col. Brodhead, B. Burrell, Carey & Hart, Edward L. Carey, Henry C. Carey, Miss Clarke, Mr. Curren, Joseph Delaplaine, John Dickinson, Dr. Dickson, William Dillwyn, William Duane, James B. Elliott, Mrs. Langdon Elwyn, Mantle(?) Fielding, John W. Francis, Charles P. Hayes, David Hosack, Mr. Howell, Major William Jackson, Horatio Gates Jones, John W. Jordan, H.H. Kjmball, C.G. Leland, Joseph Leidy, J.B. Lippincott, George Livermore, James Madison, J. Hill Martin, John McAllister, James McMurtrie, James Monaghan, J. Murray, Albert Cook Myers, Rebecca and Isabella Nathans, John Neagle, C.S. Ogden, John Paca, Charles Willson Peale, Rembrandt Peale, David Rittenhouse, Albert Rosenthal, John Sartain, Jacob Schreiner, James Shrigley, James Ross Snowden, W.D. Snyder, Dr. Sommerville, J.C. Stanbridge, F.D. Stone, Henry Troth, Mr. Vaux, Townsend Ward, William Hill Wells, G.M. Wharton, Thomas Wharton, Henry J. Williams, and Samuel B. Wylie.
Other items include a sonnet of S.T. Coleridge by Washington Allston; business card of Pennel Beale; catalog of medals and coins of silver in the possession of Hon. John Smith compiled by Du Simitière, 1772; printed address by Mrs. John C. Montgomery soliciting donations for the repair of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, destroyed by fire, 1845; William Morris Hunt's admission ticket to Peale's Museum, 1836, stating his height and weight; description of objects on display at the Peale Museum, 1820; a photograph and business card of Benjamin Randolph; invitations and notes to Gilbert Stuart; typescript by Frank H. Taylor on lithography, 1923; subscription book for engravings of paintings by John Trumbull; and a page from John Archibald Woodside's daybook, 1802-1803.
Provenance:
Microfilmed by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania for the Archives of American Art, 1955.
Restrictions:
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Art, Modern -- 17th-18th centuries -- United States  Search this
Art, Modern -- 19th century -- United States  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.histsopa
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-histsopa

Selections from the Seymour Adelman collection

Creator:
Adelman, Seymour, 1906-  Search this
Names:
Bregler, Charles  Search this
Eakins, Susan Macdowell  Search this
Eakins, Thomas, 1844-1916  Search this
Hamilton, James, 1819-1878  Search this
Pach, Walter, 1883-1958  Search this
Richards, William Trost, 1833-1905  Search this
Sartain family (Philadelphia, Pa.)  Search this
Sartain, Emily, 1841-1927  Search this
Sartain, Harriet, 1873-1957  Search this
Sartain, John, 1808-1897  Search this
Sartain, Samuel, 1830-1906  Search this
Sartain, William, 1843-1924  Search this
Smith, Russell, 1812-1896  Search this
Smith, Xanthus, 1839-1929  Search this
Extent:
1 Microfilm reel
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Microfilm reels
Date:
1845-1958
Scope and Contents:
The microfilm of selections from the Seymour Adelman collection consists of materials relating to the Sartain family and to Thomas and Susan Eakins.

The Sartain materials include letters (1845-1945) to Emily Sartain, Harriet Sartain, John Sartain, Samuel Sartain, and William Sartain. Correspondents include artists William Trost Richards, James Hamilton, Rusell Smith, and Xanthus Smith.

Eakins material includes letters (1931-1958) to Adelman from Charles Bregler, including a few responses from Adelman; Susan Eakins correspondence (1931-1938), mostly from Eakins to Adelman regarding paintings, commissions, exhibitions, articles, and personal matters; and postcards to Susan Eakins and Thomas Eakins (1890-1933) including one from Walter Pach to Susan Eakins. One letter (1868) from Thomas Eakins to Benjamin Eakins; and two letters to Thomas Eakins are also included. Also found are Thomas Eakins' three account/ledger sheets (1870-1895); miscellaneous Eakins family materials; and photographs by Thomas Eakins, Susan Eakins, and others, primarily formal and informal portraits of Thomas and Susan Eakins, their families, and pets.
Biographical / Historical:
Seymour Adelman (1906-1985) was a collector of rare books, prints, letters, and ephemera in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was on committees and boards for several literary and artistic institutions, including the Philadelphia Academy of Art, the print and drawing committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the rare book committees of the University of Pennsylvania and the Free Library of Philadelphia. Adelman met Susan Eakins in the 1930s and became her close friend and promoter of the work of Thomas Eakins.

The Sartain family were a family of engravers and painters in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. John Sartain came to the United States from England in 1830 and pioneered mezzotint engraving in the US. Of his eight children, his sons William and Samuel and daughter Emily became artists, as did his granddaughter Harriet. His son Henry, Harriet's father, was a printer and printed engravings in Philadelphia.

Thomas Eakins (1844-1916) was a realist painter and educator in Philadelphia. Eakins taught at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and promoted a curriculum based on the study of the human figure. He was forced to resign in 1886 after a dispute regarding the use of nude male models in life drawing classes with women artists present. Susan Hanah Macdowell Eakins (1851-1938) was photographer and painter who studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts under Thomas Eakins, whom she later married. She devoted much of her time to supporting her husband's career. After Thomas Eakins' death in 1916, she painted prolifically. Her first solo exhibition was held in 1976.
Related Materials:
Bryn Mawr College holds the Adelman Collection. Columbia University Rare Books and Manuscripts Library holds the Seymour Adelman collection, 1724-1956.
Provenance:
Lent for microfilming 1991 by Bryn Mawr College. Microfilmed as part of AAA's Philadelphia Arts Documentation Project. The material was selected from over 45 linear ft. of manuscript material in the Adelman Collection.
Restrictions:
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
Occupation:
Artists -- United States  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.adelseym
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-adelseym

Russell Smith: artist file, [photographs]

Artist:
Smith, Russell 1812-1896  Search this
Physical description:
1 folder
Type:
Photograph
Artist files
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Image number:
VFM VF002742
See more items in:
Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_141456

Mount Vernon, (painting)

Painter:
Smith, Russell 1812-1896  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Morris Museum of Art 1 Tenth Street Augusta Georgia 30901 Accession Number: 1989.01.191
Date:
1836-1876
Topic:
Landscape--Virginia--Mount Vernon  Search this
Architecture exterior--Civic--Mount Vernon  Search this
Control number:
IAP 67990020
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_374139

Baptism in Virginia, (painting)

Title:
Mass Baptism, (painting)
Mass Baptism - Born Again, (painting)
Painter:
Smith, Russell 1812-1896  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Morris Museum of Art 1 Tenth Street Augusta Georgia 30901 Accession Number: 1989.01.192
Date:
1836
Topic:
Ceremony--Religion--Baptism  Search this
Landscape--River  Search this
Figure group  Search this
Control number:
IAP 67990197
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_374646

View of Charlottesville, (painting)

Painter:
Smith, Russell 1812-1896  Search this
Medium:
Watercolor on paper
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Morris Museum of Art 1 Tenth Street Augusta Georgia 30901 Accession Number: 1989.01.190
Date:
1844
Topic:
Landscape--Virginia--Charlottesville  Search this
Landscape--Mountain  Search this
Architecture exterior--Domestic--House  Search this
Control number:
IAP 67990198
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_374651

A Baptizing on the South Branch of the Potomac near Franklin, Va., (painting)

Painter:
Smith, Russell 1812-1896  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Johnson Collection, The 100 Dunbar Street, Suite 203 Spartanburg South Carolina 29306 Accession Number: 2005.05.09
Date:
1844
Topic:
Landscape--River--Potomac River  Search this
Landscape--Virginia  Search this
Figure group  Search this
Occupation--Religion--Clergy  Search this
Ceremony--Religion--Baptism  Search this
Control number:
IAP 68670020
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_451234

Shenandoah Valley, (painting)

Title:
View from Massanutten Rockingham Co., Virginia, (painting)
Painter:
Smith, Russell 1812-1896  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Johnson Collection, The 100 Dunbar Street, Suite 203 Spartanburg South Carolina 29306 Accession Number: 2003.11.06
Date:
1846
Topic:
Landscape--Valley--Shenandoah Valley  Search this
Landscape--River--Shenandoah River  Search this
Figure group  Search this
Occupation--Farm  Search this
Architecture exterior--Domestic--Farmhouse  Search this
Architecture exterior--Farm--Barn  Search this
Control number:
IAP 68670029
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_451522

Old York Road, (painting)

Painter:
Smith, Russell 1812-1896  Search this
Medium:
Watercolor on paper
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Sewell C. Biggs Museum of American Art P. O. Box 711, 406 Federal Street Dover Delaware 19903
Date:
1837
Topic:
Landscape--Pennsylvania  Search this
Landscape--Road--Old York Road  Search this
Architecture exterior--Detail--Fence  Search this
Control number:
IAP 67400011
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_350429

The Aqueduct, Pittsburgh, (painting)

Title:
Docks on Saint Clair Street, Pittsburgh, (painting)
Allegheny River Bridge, (painting)
Painter:
Smith, Russell 1812-1896  Search this
Medium:
Oil on wood panel
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Carnegie Institute Museum of Art 4400 Forbes Avenue Pittsburgh Pennsylvania 15213 Accession Number: 68.1.2
Date:
Ca. 1832
Topic:
Cityscape--Pennsylvania--Pittsburgh  Search this
Cityscape--River--Allegheny River  Search this
Cityscape--Street--St. Clair Street  Search this
Architecture--Bridge--Aqueduct  Search this
Architecture exterior--Commercial--Dock  Search this
Control number:
IAP 46470187
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_58875

Grist Mill & Salt Box House, (painting)

Painter:
Smith, Russell 1812-1896  Search this
Medium:
Oil
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Kennedy Galleries New York New York
Date:
1839
Topic:
Architecture--Industry--Mill  Search this
Control number:
IAP 61022586
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_76252

Russell Smith (1812-1896), Xanthus Smith (1839-1929) : Pennsylvania landscapes, 1834-1892 / Vose Galleries

Title:
Pennsylvania landscapes, 1834-1892
Author:
Smith, Russell 1812-1896  Search this
Smith, Xanthus 1839-1929  Search this
Vose Galleries of Boston  Search this
Subject:
Smith, Russell 1812-1896  Search this
Smith, Xanthus 1839-1929  Search this
Physical description:
28 p. : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Pennsylvania
Date:
1979
[1979]
Topic:
Landscape painting, American  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.S658 V9r 1979
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_674478

The Smiths : a family of Philadelphia artists / Robert Wilson Torchia

Author:
Torchia, Robert Wilson  Search this
Schwarz Philadelphia (Gallery)  Search this
Subject:
Smith family Catalogs  Search this
Smith, Russell 1812-1896 Catalogs  Search this
Smith, Xanthus 1839-1929 Catalogs  Search this
Smith, Mary Priscilla Wilson 1819-1874 Catalogs  Search this
Smith, Mary Russell 1842-1878 Catalogs  Search this
Physical description:
1 v. (unpaged) : ill. (some col.) ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Date:
1999
Topic:
Painters--Biography  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.S643268 T6 1999
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_560575

Russell Smith, 1812-1896, romantic realist : paintings, water colors, drawings : [exhibition] November 10-December 11, 1948, Department of Fine Arts, University of Pittsburgh

Author:
Smith, Russell 1812-1896  Search this
University of Pittsburgh Department of Fine Arts  Search this
Subject:
Smith, Russell 1812-1896  Search this
Physical description:
[15] p. : 1 ill. ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1948
Call number:
N40.1.S658 U58 1948
N40.1.S658U58 1948
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_410200

New Hampshire landscapes 1848-1850 / by Russell Smith

Author:
Smith, Russell 1812-1896  Search this
Vose Galleries of Boston  Search this
Physical description:
16 p. : ill., port ; 16 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
White Mountains (N.H. and Me.)
Date:
1970
1979
[197-]
Topic:
Description and travel  Search this
Views  Search this
In art  Search this
Exhibitions  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.S658 V9n
N40.1.S658V9n
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_328064

The first exhibition in fifty years of oil paintings by Russell Smith, 1812-1896, and his son Xanthus Smith, 1839-1929 / Vose Galleries of Boston Inc

Author:
Vose Galleries of Boston  Search this
Smith, Russell 1812-1896  Search this
Smith, Xanthus 1839-1929  Search this
Physical description:
31 p. : ill. ; 21 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1977
[1977]
Topic:
Painting, American  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.S658V9
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_107386

Russell Smith, romantic realist

Author:
Lewis, Virginia Elnora 1907-  Search this
Subject:
Smith, Russell 1812-1896  Search this
Physical description:
xix, 348 p. plates, ports. 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1957
[1957, c1956]
Call number:
N40.1.S658 L6
N40.1.S658L6
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_60169

Modify Your Search







or


Narrow By