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

Object Number: 
1975.28
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 )
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.
Credit Line: 
Purchase, Thomas Jefferson Bryan Fund
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