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Title Mrs. Peter Smith (Sarah Pogson)
Artist Alexander, Isaac B.
Date after 1833
Medium watercolor
Support ivory
Dimensions 3 3/8 x 2 3/4 inches
Signature NA
Inscription Sacred to the memory of Sarah Pogson Smith, born at Woodside House, Essex England. Came to Charleston, So. Ca. May 18th 1793. Was married to Judge Peter Smith of Peterboro Madison, New York, became and remained his widow -- affectionate kindred in Carolina and friends at the North contributing to her happiness. The Christian Faith, Hope and Charity she strove through life to exemplify. St. Phillips's Churchyard. Charleston, SC.

Also: My darling godchild fondly said: Woild you might live forever, This far "Artistic love has sped, Our spirits "what shall sever?"
Inscription Location verso
Credit line Gift of Sophia Cadwalader in memory of Eliza Middleton Fisher
Accession Number 1941.003.0001
Collection Miniature
Sitter's dates ca. 1790-1870
Description A native of Essex, England, Mrs. Smith emigrated to Charleston in 1793. Her husband was Judge Peter Smith. Her tombstone in St. Philip's Churchyard states, "The Christian Faith, Hope and Charity she strove through life to exemplify."

No information is available on Alexander, except that he was painting miniatures in Charleston in 1839. His style is characterized by crisp delineation of details, erect poses and light backgrounds which create a halo-effect. Mrs. Smith's portrait is unusual because of its bright pink hues.

Notes:
This text is adapted from Martha Severens "The Miniature Portrait Collection of the Carolina Art Association" published by the Carolina Art Association, 1984
Subjects Smith
Figures
Portraits
woman
Clothing & dress
Hats