Henry Pember Smith (1854-1907)

Henry Pember Smith (1854-1907)

Self-taught artist Henry Pember Smith was born in Waterford, Connecticut, in 1854 and is best known for his pastoral scenes of New England. With their luminous skies and precisely modeled trees, Smith’s landscapes capture picturesque farmyards and rural streets from New York to Maine. He also produced seascapes of Cape Ann, Rhode Island and New Jersey, and during the 1880s traveled to Europe, painting along the Cornish Coast of England, in addition to trips to Brittany, Normandy and Venice. 

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Smith resided in New York City for much of his career, later settling in Asbury Park, New Jersey, after 1901.  He was a member of the Artists Fund Society and the American Watercolor Society, and exhibited frequently at the National Academy of Design, the Brooklyn Art Association, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Boston Art Club from 1880 until 1890. Today his paintings can be found in several museum collections including the Metropolitan Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, the North Carolina Museum of Art and the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art in New Paltz, New York.

References: Falk, Who Was Who in American Art, 1999.

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