HENRY PEMBER SMITH (1854-1907) Born in Waterford, Connecticut, Henry Pember Smith is best known for his tightly rendered pastoral landscapes of sun dappled country cottages, lakes, and trees. Smith also painted coastal scenes in New Jersey and throughout New England, from Connecticut to Maine.
He lived in New York City from 1877 to around 1901, after which he moved to Asbury Park, New Jersey where he lived for the remainder of his career. During the 1880s he traveled extensively throughout Europe, painting the coast of Cornwall, England, the canals of Venice, and views of Brittany and Normandy, France. Smith was apparently a self-taught artist and exhibited his works at the National Academy of Design from 1877-96, 1899, 1901, and 1906; the Brooklyn Art Association in 1878-85 and 1892; the Boston Art Club in 1880-90, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1881, and 1888. Smith was an active member of the art community and belonged to organizations such as the American Watercolor Society, and the Artists Fund Society. His work is housed in public collections, including the Wadsworth Athenaeum, Yale University Art Gallery, Norton Museum of Art, Springfield Museum of Fine Art, Brooklyn Museum of Art, and the Hudson River Museum. (description courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries)
This is an original oil painting on canvas with an image of a cottage by a duck pond. This piece has its unlined original canvas and stretcher The stretcher bar has caused an indentation across the top and there is crackelure throughout the sky with many tiny paint loss areas. This piece was rendered onto a 20" x 14" canvas and has an overall framed size of 23.5" x 17.5".