Along the Canal
oil on canvas
14'' x 18''
Smith, Francis Hopkinson

F. Hopkinson Smith was born in 1838, in Baltimore, Maryland. He was a self-taught artist known primarily for his landscape paintings and illustrations.  He was the treasurer of the American Watercolor Society from 1873 to 1878, a member of the Philadelphia and Cincinnati Art Clubs, the National Institute of Arts and Letters, and the Society of Illustrators (both in NYC).

He exhibited at the National Academy of Design in New York City, the Brooklyn Art Association, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and the Boston Art Club, among others.  The Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Albright Art Gallery in Buffalo collected Smith's work.

After the Civil War, Smith worked as a naval engineer with fellow artist J. Symington.  They built the foundation for the Statue of Liberty and many breakwaters. By the 1880's, he had given up engineering in order to paint (a hobby until then), travel, write, and lecture. He was noted especially for his watercolors and charcoal drawings, many of which appeared in his books of travel.

Smith and his fellow artists, Arthur Quartly and Charles Stanley Reinhart, were part of an artists' colony that developed at Cold Spring Harbor, New York.

He was the author of Col. Carter of Cartersville, Fortunes of Oliver Horn, and American Illustrators.

The artist died in 1915, in New York City.