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