"The Modern Artist" By James Calvert Smith
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James Calvert Smith (American, 1878-1962)
The Modern Artist
Oil on canvas, signed.
Painting size: 31” x 24”
James Calvert Smith moved to New York in 1896 to pursue a career as a switchboard engineer for the New Jersey and New York phone companies. After formal art training, he began to sell his illustrations to popular New York magazines including Life, Harpers, and Post. In 1905 Smith was offered an illustrator’s position with the Jacksonville Time Union where he perfected a sketchy style similar to the early work of Norman Rockwell. Smith’s base was the shores of the Housatonic River in Connecticut where he continued to contribute to a list of magazines, until 1946, when he returned to Florida, where he lived untl his death in 1962.
-From Museum of Arts and Sciences Magazine, Summer, 1988.