Sailing Ship on the Horizon, 1880

by Henry Pember Smith (1854–1907)
Oil on canvas
13⅜ x 20⅜ inches
Signed and dated lower left: HENRY P. SMITH 1880

Artist Biography

Born in 1854, Henry Pember Smith would become a talented painter of pastoral landscapes during the latter half of the nineteenth century. Like many of his artistic contemporaries, Smith chose to create idealized visions of his rural environs that appealed to an increasingly urban America. His beautifully rendered scenes, which often incorporate views of humble cottages enveloped in glowing light, are a testament to his natural ability, as he was likely self-taught. In addition to his picturesque views of American country homesteads and life, Smith created naturalistic seascapes inspired by the New England coastline. The artist

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