Mrs. Charles Jeffery Smith (Elizabeth Woolsey Smith, 1736-1816)

Mrs. Charles Jeffery Smith (Elizabeth Woolsey Smith, 1736-1816)
Title
Mrs. Charles Jeffery Smith (Elizabeth Woolsey Smith, 1736-1816)
Date 
1794
Medium 
Oil on canvas
Dimensions 
canvas: 47 3/4 x 41 3/4 in. ( 121.3 x 106 cm ) frame: 52 x 46 in. ( 132.1 x 116.8 cm )
Credit Line 
Purchase, Thomas Jefferson Bryan Fund
Object Number 
1975.28
Marks 
inscriptions: lower left: R. Earl Pinxt. 1794
Gallery Label 
Elizabeth Woolsey Smith, of Smithtown, Long Island, was active in the domestic production of silk and is credited with introducing silkworm culture to her native region. Itinerant American portraitist Ralph Earl depicts Mrs. Smith stringing silkworm cocoons in preparation for spinning the silk into thread.
Provenance 
Purchased in Kent, Ct. by Vose Galleries in 1966 from a descendent of the subject.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group