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Smith, Joseph B.

Joseph B. Smith was a marine and townscape painter active in New York. Son of the minister of New York’s John Street Methodist Church, Smith earned recognition for his 1824 painting of the church, which was published as a lithograph in 1844 and 1868. Early in his career, he made views of other churches and painted local scenes. He created the original ship portraits for the Currier and Ives lithographs of the clipper ships Adelaide, Great Republic, Ocean Express, and Red Jacket. By 1853 Smith was listed in Brooklyn city directories as a marine artist, working in partnership with his son William S. Smith as “J.B. Smith & Son.” Independently, his son Archibald Cary Smith also became a well-known marine artist. Smith exhibited at the Brooklyn Art Association in 1862 and last appears in the Brooklyn directory in 1861-2. His paintings are in the Amon Carter Museum, the Museum of the City of New York, the New York Historical Society, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Peabody Essex Museum, among others. No items found.