John Smibert: Colonial America`s First Portrait Painter (Barra Foundation Book)

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John Smibert (1688-1751) was the first portrait painter of distinction to attempt to carve out an existence in colonial America. This book by Richard Saunders is both a catalogue raisonné of Smibert's work and a discussion of his life and career.

Saunders explores Smibert's early Scottish and London training as well as his travels to Italy; his portrait practice in London; his arrival in America and his stylistic development; the creation of The Bermuda Group, Smibert's masterpiece; and, finally, the business of portrait painting in Boston.

According to Saunders, Smibert's portraits provide essential clues about the nature of portraiture in colonial society. Saunders discusses the social codes, ethnic prejudices, and religious intrigues that exacted a toll of Smibert and other artists of the period. He also describes how Smibert reconciled the conflicts between his search for spiritual well-being brought about by his Scottish Presbyterian heritage and his struggle for artistic achievement, social acceptance, and financial security. The catalogue illustrates more than one hundred and thirty works by the artist, as well as listing erroneous attributions and fakes.

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Richard H. Saunders is director of the Middlebury College Museum of Art.

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Though he was born in Scotland and created some of his better portraits in London, Smibert can rightfully lay claim to the title of America's first portrait painter. Art historian Saunders (American Colonial Portraits: 1700-1776, LJ 3/15/88) has carefully documented not only Smibert's life in Scotland and England but also his travels to Italy. After arriving in the colony of Rhode Island with his good friend, the philosopher and divine George Berkeley, Smibert hoped to participate in Berkeley's Utopian plan for a college in Bermuda. When funding for the project proved insufficient, Smibert remained in America, relocating to Massachusetts, where he turned to depicting the men and women of Boston. Saunders's meticulous scholarship is highlighted by his clear prose and engaging telling of Smibert's life. Of particular interest and usefulness is an extensive catalog of Smibert's works, which includes unlocated and misattributed works. Recommended for collections of American art and history.
Martin R. Kalfatovic, Smithsonian Inst. Libs., Washington, D.C.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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