John Rubens Smith

John Rubens Smith (January 23, 1775 – August 21, 1849) was a London-born painter, printmaker and art instructor who worked in the United States.

John Rubens Smith
John Rubens Smith self-portrait ca. 1817.jpg
Self-portrait, c. 1817
BornJanuary 23, 1775
London, England
DiedAugust 21, 1849(1849-08-21) (aged 74)
New York City, United States


Smith was born in London, England where he first studied art with his father, John Raphael Smith, a mezzotint engraver. He later studied art at the Royal Academy.

Young's Mill on Brandywine Creek

Smith emigrated to New York City from London about 1807. He depicted the United States in the decades before photography, and influenced a generation of American artists through his drawing academies and drawing manuals. He died in New York City.

Merchants Hotel, North 4th Street in Philadelphia

His son John Rowson Smith (1810–1864) was a moving panorama painter who worked with Richard Risley Carlisle.


Guann's near Fort Smith, Brooklyn



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