Smith, Joseph Lindon, 1863-1950Alternative names
Joseph Lindon Smith (1863-1950) is a painter and lecturer, Dublin, N.H.
From the description of Joseph Lindon Smith papers, 1647-1965, bulk 1873-1965. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 613314146
From the description of Autograph letter signed : London, to Dr. Baldwin, 1903 May 28. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270860359
Painter, lecturer, Dublin, N.H. Born 1863. Died 1950.
Born in Pawtucket, R.I., Smith studied art at the Art School of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts from 1880-1882 and at the Academie Julian under Boulanger and Lefebvre from 1883-1885. He established a studio in Boston, where his work attracted the attention of art educator Denman Ross of Harvard University, and in the early 1890s Ross and Smith traveled extensively and studied ancient civilizations of Mexico, China, and Southeast Asia. In 1892, during a trip to Italy, Smith met collector Isabella Stuart Gardner, and began to copy paintings for her and act as an occasional agent in purchasing artwork. After Smith's first trip to Egypt in 1898, Smith devoted himself to painting copies of tomb sculpture and murals for educational uses in museums and other institutions. He was a member of the Joint Expedition of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and Harvard University from 1910-1939, headed by George A. Reisner.
Smith was also known as a lecturer and a producer of elaborate pageants staged as charitable fund-raising events. Smith's wife, Corinna Haven Putnam Smith, a writer and lecturer, accompanied him on many journeys to Egypt and Asia.
From the description of Joseph Lindon Smith and Smith family papers, 1647-1965 (bulk 1873-1965). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 86093816
Joseph Lindon Smith (1863-1950) of Boston, Massachusetts and Dublin, New Hampshire, was a painter primarily known for his ability to meticulously depict the murals and tomb sculpture of Egypt and other ancient cultures.
Joseph Lindon Smith was born on October 11, 1863 in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, the son of wholesale lumberman Henry Francis Smith and Emma Greenleaf Smith, a cousin of John Greenleaf Whittier.
From 1880 to 1882, Smith studied drawing and painting at the Art School of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts under Frederic Crowninshield and Otto Grundman. Accompanied by his friend, Frank Benson, he attended the Académie Julian and studied under William Bouguereau, Gustave Boulanger, and Jules Lefebvre from 1883 to 1885.
Upon his return to Boston, Smith established a studio as a portrait and landscape painter, attracting the attention of Denman Ross, a professor of History of Fine Arts at Harvard University. In the early 1890s Smith and Ross began to travel extensively and Smith became interested in ancient civilizations of Mexico, China, and Southeast Asia. In 1892, during a trip to Italy, Smith befriended Isabella Stewart Gardner, for whom he copied famous paintings, and occasionally acted as agent in purchasing art work.
Making his first trip to Egypt in 1898, Smith became enthralled with the art work of the ancient civilization and devoted himself to painting copies of the tomb sculptures and murals for educational uses in museums and other public institutions. In 1899, he married Corinna Haven Putnam and the couple spent much of their married life traveling between the United States and the Middle East, especially Egypt. From 1910 to 1939, Smith was a member of the Joint Expedition of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and Harvard University directed by Dr. George A. Reisner.
For fifty years, Smith was also sought out as a writer and producer of plays and theatrical pageants, fetes, and masques primarily staged for various charitable fund-raising events.
Joseph Lindon Smith died on October 18, 1950 in Dublin, New Hampshire.
From the guide to the Joseph Lindon Smith papers, 1647-1965, bulk 1873-1965, (Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution)
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