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HARRY MINER'S AMERICAN DRAMATIC DIRECTORY 1884-5
Philadelphia,Academy of Music,Russell Smith,p.299,300
Russell Smith Signatures
I have done extensive research on the life and work of Russell Smith and have one of his earliest paintings--done in Pittsburgh around 1830--in my collection.
According to his biographer, Virginia Lewis, Smith signed some of his early paintings "W T RS" with spacing as shown. More frequently--as on my painting-- he signed them "RS" and added a date. Later, after moving to Philadelphia in 1935, he did much larger paintings of public buildings, like the Court House, and signed them "Russell Smith," and usually added a date.
One fascinating thing about Smith's dating--it is really meaningless. He often did a sketch in 1832 and then didn't finish the oil pasinting until 1876, so he would double date the paitning "RS 1832/1876." He did all sorts of strange things with the dates. For example, my painting is signed "RS 1878," when the painting was clearly done at a time when he still used kahki green in his skies-- prior to 1835.
If you read Virginia Smith's biography, I think you will find that TR Smith is a very unlikely possability for the works of Russell Smith. However, please do not allow me to disuade you from researching this matter further and, hopefully, coming to a more satisfactory conclusion.
Best of luck.
Kevin in CT
How Did Russel Smith Sign his paint? Did he camophage his name in the painting? Did he use TR Smith? Just how are the other paint signature was done. Did he cross his T's in smith or did he leave them uncrossed? I have a painting that is labeled TR Smith 1841 ' The Mill at Catskill. I would like to know is this the same TR Smith.