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In the Woods

Francis Hopkinson Smith

American Art

A successful civil engineer and author, Francis “Hop” Smith was also an accomplished watercolorist whose faithful approach to landscape resembled that of the American Pre-Raphaelites. He found his subject matter in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, where he made regular summer sketching excursions. Smith’s pictures of trees earned him special praise from contemporary critics who admired his portrait-like, noble characterizations of these old forest dwellers.
MEDIUM Transparent and opaque watercolor and black chalk on beige, thick, rough-textured woodpulp board
DATES 1877
DIMENSIONS 26 7/16 x 16 1/16 in. (67.2 x 40.8 cm) Frame: 35 x 24 1/4 x 2 7/8 in. (88.9 x 61.6 x 7.3 cm)
SIGNATURE Signed and dated lower right (initials in monogram): "FHS / 77"
CREDIT LINE Gift of the American Art Council
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
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