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Robert Edwards Carter Stearns

ca. 1840 Sarah C. Frothingham Born: 1821 Died: New York, New York 1861 watercolor on ivory 3 1/4 x 2 5/8 in. (8.3 x 6.8 cm) rectangle Smithsonian American Art Museum Bequest of Mary Roberta Stearns 1928.1.4 Not currently on view


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The son of Charles and Sarah Carter Stearns, Robert E. C. Stearns (1827-1909) was also the artist’s cousin. Shown here at about age ten, Stearns would grow up to become a leading naturalist and curator at the Smithsonian Institution. He was a widely published author on topics as varied as mollusks, cetaceans, ethnology, agriculture, forestry, and the land snails found in the John Day fossil beds in Oregon. He was appointed curator of mollusks at the Smithsonian by Secretary Spencer Baird, and in 1884 served as John Wesley Powell’s paleontologist for the U.S. Geological Survey.

Keywords

Portrait male - Stearns, Robert Edwards Carter - bust

painting - miniature

paint - watercolor

ivory

About Sarah C. Frothingham

Born: 1821 Died: New York, New York 1861

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