Mrs. William Mather Smith (Helen Livingston)

  • Unidentified, Mrs. William Mather Smith (Helen Livingston), 1821, watercolor on ivory, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Catherine Walden Myer Fund, 1944.7.3

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Helen Livingston was born in 1789 and at the age of nineteen married William Mather Smith, with whom she had three sons. On August 17, 1807, Helen was a passenger on the maiden voyage of the Clermont, the first American steamboat to travel the Hudson River. This painting shows the elegant lady at thirty-two, wearing an extravagant bonnet, ruffle, and shawl. The miniature of William Mather Smith is also in this collection.

Title
Mrs. William Mather Smith (Helen Livingston)
Artist
Date
1821
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
3 x 2 3/8 in. (7.6 x 6.0 cm) rectangle
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase through the Catherine Walden Myer Fund

Mediums
Mediums Description
watercolor on ivory
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait female – Smith, William Mather, Mrs. – bust
  • Portrait female – Livington, Helen – bust
Object Number
1944.7.3
Palette
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