In the Woods
Francis Hopkinson Smith
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.
Transparent and opaque watercolor and black chalk on beige, thick, rough-textured woodpulp board
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)
Signed and dated lower right (initials in monogram): "FHS / 77"
Gift of the American Art Council
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