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William Mather Smith

ca. 1810 Archibald Robertson Born: Moneymusk, Scotland 1765 Died: New York, New York 1835 watercolor on ivory 3 x 2 1/4 in. (7.6 x 5.8 cm) oval, irregular Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase through the Catherine Walden Myer Fund 1944.7.2 Not currently on view


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William Mather Smith (1787-1864) was the only son of Connecticut governor and congressman John Cotton Smith (1765-1845), of Sharon, Connecticut. William was a precocious boy, entering Yale at the age of twelve and graduating in the class of 1805. A lay preacher, Smith founded one of the nation’s first Sunday schools, which he ran for fifty years. He also conducted services in the Sharon church for three decades. This miniature was painted the year Smith married Helen Livingston, and was probably to commemorate that milestone in his life. Her miniature, painted by an unknown artist, is also in this collection [see 1944.7.3].

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Portrait male - Smith, William Mather - bust

painting - miniature

paint - watercolor

ivory

About Archibald Robertson

Born: Moneymusk, Scotland 1765 Died: New York, New York 1835

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