Smith, Joseph Lindon, 1863-1950

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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

American painter.

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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Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Smith, Joseph Lindon : [miscellaneous ephemeral material]. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
referencedIn Amy Lowell correspondence, 1883-1927 (inclusive), 1910-1925 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn Papers, 1851-1966 Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
referencedIn Harvard University Archives Visual Collections - Locations File, Chronological, ca.1650- (inclusive), 1752- (bulk). Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn Letters from various correspondents, 1871-1940. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Thomas Bailey Aldrich papers, 1837-1926. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Harvard University Archives Photograph Collection: Portraits, ca. 1852-ca. 2004 Harvard University Archives.
creatorOf Joseph Lindon Smith papers, 1647-1965, bulk 1873-1965 Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
referencedIn Charles Eliot Norton papers, ca.1845-1908. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Gardner, Isabella Stewart, 1840-1924. Isabella Stewart Gardner papers, 1760-1956. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Papers, 1831-1929 Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
referencedIn Wendell family papers, ca. 1620-1921. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Papers of Robert Woods Bliss and Mildred Barnes Bliss, ca. 1860-1969 (inclusive) Harvard University Archives.
referencedIn Barry Faulkner papers, circa 1858-1973 Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
creatorOf Smith, Joseph Lindon, 1863-1950. Joseph Lindon Smith papers, 1647-1965, bulk 1873-1965. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Letters and family papers, 1783-1957. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Smith, Joseph Lindon, 1863-1950. Papers of Joseph Lindon Smith, 1946-1950 (inclusive). Harvard University, Archives
creatorOf Smith, Joseph Lindon. Correspondence with Belle Greene, 1911 Nov. 23, 28. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Correspondence, 1800-1932. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Papers of John Coolidge and Agnes Mongan, 1909-2006 Harvard Art Museum Archives
referencedIn Sullivan, T. R. (Thomas Russell), 1849-1916. Papers, 1856-1916. American Antiquarian Society
referencedIn Wendell family papers, ca. 1620-1921. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Smith, Joseph Lindon, 1863-1950. Joseph Lindon Smith and Smith family papers, 1647-1965 (bulk 1873-1965). Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Houghton Mifflin Company correspondence and records, 1832-1944. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Smith, Joseph Lindon, 1863-1950. Autograph letter signed : London, to Dr. Baldwin, 1903 May 28. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Smith, Corinna Lindon, 1876-1965. Papers, 1851-1966 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Oswald Garrison Villard papers, 1872-1949. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Faulkner, Barry, 1881-1966. Barry Faulkner papers, circa 1858-1973. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Saint Botolph Club (Boston, Mass.). Saint Botolph Club exhibition catalogs, 1892-1906. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Smith, Joseph Lindon, 1863-1950. Artist file. Brooklyn Museum Libraries & Archives
creatorOf Plummer, Leander A., 1857-1914. Leander A. Plummer papers, 1890-1914. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
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associatedWith Académie Julian. corporateBody
associatedWith Académie Julian. corporateBody
associatedWith Académie Julian corporateBody
correspondedWith Aldrich, Thomas Bailey, 1836-1907 person
associatedWith Alma-Tadema, Lawrence, Sir, 1836-1912. person
associatedWith Baldwin, William Wilberforce, person
associatedWith Beal, Boylston Adams, 1865-1944 person
associatedWith Beaux, Cecilia, 1855-1942. person
associatedWith Benson, Frank Weston, 1862-1951. person
associatedWith Berenson, Bernard, 1865-1959. person
associatedWith Bliss Lane, Arthur, Mrs, person
correspondedWith Bliss, Robert Woods, 1875-1962 person
associatedWith Brush, George de Forest, 1855-1941. person
associatedWith Carson, Kit, 1809-1868. person
correspondedWith Coolidge, John, 1913-1995 person
associatedWith CORINNA HAVEN (PUTNAM) SMITH, 1876-1965 person
associatedWith Emmet, Lydia Field, 1866-1952. person
associatedWith Faulkner, Barry, 1881-1966. person
associatedWith Frances Rollins Morse person
associatedWith Gardner, Isabella Stewart, 1840-1924. person
associatedWith Gray, John Chipman, 1839-1915 person
associatedWith Harvard University corporateBody
associatedWith Hawks, Stanley, Mrs, person
associatedWith Holmes, Edward J. person
correspondedWith Houghton Mifflin Company. corporateBody
associatedWith James, Henry, 1843-1916. person
associatedWith Loring, Charles Greely, 1828-1902. person
correspondedWith Lowell, Amy, 1874-1925 person
associatedWith Manship, Paul, 1885-1966. person
associatedWith Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. corporateBody
associatedWith Norton, Charles Eliot, 1827-1908 person
correspondedWith Peabody, Marian Lawrence, 1875- person
associatedWith Pershing, John J. (John Joseph), 1860-1948. person
associatedWith Plummer, Leander A., 1857-1914. person
associatedWith Reisner, George Andrew, 1867-1942. person
associatedWith Ross, Denm an Waldo, 1853-1935. person
associatedWith Ross, Denman Waldo, 1853-1935 person
associatedWith Saint Botolph Club (Boston, Mass.) corporateBody
associatedWith Sargent, John Singer, 1856-1925. person
associatedWith Sherwood, Rosina Emmet, 1854-1948. person
associatedWith Smith, Corinna Lindon, 1876-1965. person
associatedWith Sullivan, T. R. (Thomas Russell), 1849-1916. person
associatedWith Thayer, Abbott Handerson, 1849-1921. person
associatedWith Tiffany, Louis Comfort, 1848-1933. person
associatedWith Twain, Mark, 1835-1910. person
correspondedWith Villard, Oswald Garrison, 1872-1949 person
associatedWith Wendell family. family
associatedWith Whittier, John Greenleaf, 1807-1892. person
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Egypt
New Hampshire--Dublin
Egypt
Egypt, Description and travel
Egypt, Antiquities
New Hampshire--Dublin
Subject
Painters--New Hampshire--Dublin
Art, Ancient
Community theater
Painters
Historical drama
Art, Egyptian
Arts
Art, Egypt
Occupation
Function

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Birth 1863-10-11

Death 1950-10-18

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