Noah Smith

A work made of oil on canvas.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

1798

Artist:

Ralph Earl
American, 1751–1801

About this artwork

Ralph Earl garnered portrait commissions primarily from wealthy rural landowners in Connecticut, New York, and Vermont. A loyalist, Earl fled America for England during the Revolutionary War, developing his portrait style, in turn, by studying with Benjamin West (an American painter in London) and through contact with English artists. Returning in 1785, Earl painted this portrait of Noah Smith late in his career, having melded his British training with a simpler, linear style that appealed to his clients of the rural gentry. In this work, Smith, chief justice of the Vermont Supreme Court, sits assuredly before the viewer; the map at hand, pastoral view at left, and volumes of books behind him signal the sitter’s prominent position as a man of affairs in the young nation.

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American Art

Artist

Ralph Earl

Title

Noah Smith

Origin

Bennington

Date

1798

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Signed, lower left: "R. Earl / Pinxt / 1798"

Dimensions

163.2 × 107.3 cm (64 1/4 × 42 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Goodman Fund

Reference Number

1956.126

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