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Xanthus Russell Smith

 (1839 - 1929)
Xanthus Russell Smith was active/lived in Pennsylvania, Maine.  Xanthus Smith is known for marine vessel paintings, naval activity.

Biography   Xanthus Russell Smith


Known as a painter of Civil War marine battle scenes, Xanthus Smith sold his first paintings at age fifteen.  Two years later he exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and by the start of the Civil War, he was an established painter.  His signature paintings after the War were small and had minute brushstrokes, blending clouds and sky with space well defined.

He was born and raised in suburban Philadelphia, and learned much of his painting technique from his mother, Mary Priscilla Smith, who was an accomplished painter in a delicate manner of flowers in watercolor.  His father was a theater scene painter whose style was much bolder and aggressive than his wife's.

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