Venice Canal Watercolor by Francis Hopkinson Smith
This delightful watercolor by Francis Hopkinson Smith (1838-1915) depicts a canal scene in Venice, and resides under glass in a period wooden and gesso frame. It is signed by the artist in graphite in the lower left corner. Period frame measures 38" by 27.25". Portion of the painting which is visible measures 23.75" by 12.75". We have not removed the painting for further inspection and photography, and we are selling this work "as-is". There are some damages to the gesso frame and an area which has been retouched along the lower edge. The condition of the painting is excellent. The work is flat and there are no obvious signs of foxing or other damage.
Smith was the descendent of Francis Hopkinson, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. He was a dynamic man who enjoyed a successful career as an engineer and commercial contractor, novelist, and painter. He was a plein air artist who painted figural landscapes and genre scenes in his travels to Holland, Venice, Constantinople, Cuba and Mexico. Smith's works are held in the collections of many museums across the U.S., including the National Portrait Gallery, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the Brooklyn Museum of Art. This item resides on the Upper East Side of Manhattan ( New York City ) and may be seen by appointment. Additional images forwarded upon request. ( hantiques )