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Howard Everett Smith (1885 - 1970)

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"The Water Jump"
Oil on Canvas
40 x 50 inches
1933





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A portrait painter, illustrator, etcher, and painter. Born in West Windham, NH on April 27, 1885. His mother encouraged his interest in art, and he studied both drawing and watercolor at a young age. One of his earliest instructors was a veterinarian, who had Smith closely study the anatomy of his subjects. This was to stand him in good stead, as he later became recognized as a master of portraiture.

In 1899, his family moved to Boston. He attended Boston Latin School before continuing his art studies, first at the Art Students' League in New York and then two years with Howard Pyle. Returning to Boston in 1909, he studied with Edmund Tarbell at the School of Art of the Boston Museum. His illustrations appeared in "Harper's" and "Scribner's" between 1905 and 1913, and for several years he taught at the Rhode Island School of Design.

Having been awarded the Paige Traveling Scholarship in 1911, he left for Europe. The scholarship enabled him to study and travel throughout Europe for two years. Smith financed additional year's travel through his profitable and long time association with Harper's Monthly Magazine.

In 1914, he returned to the United States and began teaching at the Rhode Island School of Design. Here he met Martha Rondelle, whom he married later that year. They were to have three children, Jeanne, Jacqueline and Howard E. Jr.

Smith's career took off in the teens and twenties. He won numerous prizes including the Hallgarten Prize in 1917 and the Isidor Medal in 1921, both from the National Academy. In the twenties, he and his family spent many of their summers in Rockport and Provincetown. He was one of the founders of the Rockport Art Association. While in Provincetown, the family became friends with Eugene O'Neill, who asked Smith to illustrate his first published play.

In 1936, the Smith family visited Carmel and in 1938 settled there. His work continued to be exhibited on the East Coast, while he became actively involved in the local art community of the Monterey Peninsula. He served on the Board of Directors of the Carmel Art Association from 1942 to 1949 and again in 1963 and 1964.

After his wife's death in 1948, he moved to Mexico for a number of years, often spending summers in Carmel. Eventually, he returned to Carmel permanently.

Smith was an American impressionist who was known for his illustrations, his portraits and his equine paintings. He worked not only in oil and watercolor, but did a wide variety of graphics, often using as subject matter the horses and cowboys of the West.

Jacqueline Cagwin said of her father "He was a gallant, a gentleman in every sense of the word. People always mistook him for a banker. He always said he would loathe going to an office and keeping rigid hours, yet he worked in his studio from either to five and spent his evenings etching and reading."

Member: American Federation of Arts; American Artists Professional League; Guild of Boston Artists; Bohemian Club; Carmel Art Association; Association of the National Academy of Design,1921; National Academy of Design, 1969.

Exhibited: California Palace of the Legion of Honor, 1945

Awards: Wanamaker prize, Philadelphia, 1904; Paige Traveling Scholarship, Boston Museum of Fine Art, 1911-13; bronze medal, Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915; first Hallgarten prize, National Academy of Design, New York, 1917; prize, Art Institute of Chicago.

Works Held: United States Treasury Department; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts; Brown University; University of Nebraska; Crocker Museum, Sacramento; North Adams Public Library, Maryland;

Source:
"Our First Five National Academicians" Carmel Art Association,1989