Oil on canvas landscape painting by Xanthus Smith (American, 1839-1929), inscribed en verso "Fresh Water Cove and Robin Inn, Biley Island, Maine", "View from Smith Cottage". Signed and dated "1914" lower right. Vose Galleries of Boston label en verso. Housed in a molded gilt wood frame. Sight – 13 1/2" H x 17 1/4" W. Framed – 20 1/8" H x 24 1/4" W. Provenance: Private Chattanooga, TN collection. Biography: Xanthus Smith was born to artists William Thompson Russell Smith and Mary Priscilla Wilson Smith, who lead him to study art at a young age in his household. From 1851-1852, he accompanied his family in Europe to study old master paintings and became particularly influenced by naturalism in English landscapes. In the outbreak of Civil War, Smith enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he made small drawings during his time on the USS "Wabash". These were recognized by Admiral Du Pont, who promptly commissioned Smith to paint the ships in the fleet. At the end of the war, Smith began exhibiting his paintings of federal vessels, and maintained popularity for both his paintings and sketches in the years following as his accounts provide a unique glimpse of the Civil War through the eyes of an artist. Note: Xanthus Smith was a member of The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and The Royal Academy in London. (source: The Johnson Collection of Spartanburg, SC). CONDITION: Overall very good condition.
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