Robert Edwards Carter Stearns

  • Sarah C. Frothingham, Robert Edwards Carter Stearns, ca. 1840, watercolor on ivory, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of Mary Roberta Stearns, 1928.1.4

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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.

Title
Robert Edwards Carter Stearns
Artist
Date
ca. 1840
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
3 1/4 x 2 5/8 in. (8.3 x 6.8 cm) rectangle
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Bequest of Mary Roberta Stearns

Mediums
Mediums Description
watercolor on ivory
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait male – Stearns, Robert Edwards Carter – bust
Object Number
1928.1.4
Palette
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