There is confusion in art reference literature about the gender of this artist, possibly to be attributed to his first name. Recent discoveries however prove conclusively that Joline Butler Smith lived most his life in Madison, Connecticut and was a resident of the town, when he died in 1946 in New Haven, at the age of 97. He was preceeded in death by his wife, the former Caroline Marcia Brown, daughter of a one time treasurer of the New Haven Savings Bank.
A landscape and portrait painter, he attended the first class at Yale School of The Fine Arts, 1869-70 (certificate; awarded B.F.A. 1898)and served as librarian at the school from 1877 to 1878. In 1887, he studied at the Atelier of Gerome and The Academie
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