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Smith, Archibald Cary (1837-1911) USA

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SmithACV2Naval architect, philosopher and marine painter Archibald Cary Smith acquired his taste for the water at an early age. He grew up in New York, with the eastern shore of the Hudson river for a playground. Close by his home was the shipyard of the great William Webb and across the river in Hoboken was moored the fleet of the fledgling New York Yacht Club.

Portrait of the artist, seated painting at his easel beside a sunlit archway in a garden at Porta MojanoIn 1855 “Archie” Smith apprenticed himself to learn the art and mystery of yacht building. While still in his teens, he learned to draw and lay down lines, which became the foundation for his talent at marine painting. He then studied painting with M.F.H. de Haas. Smith soon became one of America’s foremost designers of large schooner yachts, but his passion and skill at marine painting was his greatest legacy.

By the 1860's Smith’s paintings were being well received at exhibitions at the Pennsylvania Academy and the National Academy of Design. This led to illustrations for popular magazines and engravings. Although he designed great schooners until well into his seventies, his nature led him to prefer clients who sought him out for paintings rather than his famous yacht designs. It is believed Smith painted less than 200 works, making them quite rare commodities today.

 

ARCHIBALD CARY SMITH, THE PAINTER

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Oyster Bay Catboats
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Sandbaggers Racing
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Schooner at Daybreak
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New York Yacht Club Schooner CLIO
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Schooner Yacht FAUSTINE
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The Commodore's Racing Cutter MAGGIE
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Artist with his easel on the shore
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Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
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Shipping in a calm in Sandy Hook Bay
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A gaff rigged sloop passing the racing mark
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Sailing on the lake

 

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