Xanthus Russell Smith

1839-1929 America/Marine Artist

 

Brief Biography-Xanthus Russell Smith was born in Philadelphia in 1839, the son of two artists, Russell and Mary Russell. His mother taught him drawing and took him to Europe for two years, encountering much art. He studied at the Academy of the Fine Arts in Pennsylvania and exhibited there up to 1887. Smith signed up with the navy, and as a captain's clerk during the civil war, he drew and painted warships in great detail. His naval battle scenes achieved great success in America. He eventually retired to his family home at Glenside in 1877, where he mainly painted landscapes.

 

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Sinking of Alabama

Sinking of the Confederate Ship CSS Alabama

Hilton Head

Hilton Head Port Royal South Carolina

Battle of Kearsarge

Battle of Kearsarge and Alabama

Merchant Vessels

Merchant Vessels and Sailboats

Blockade Runner

Blockade Runner Beached

Blockade Runner

Blockade Runner

Abandoned

Abandoned

Kearsarge

Kearsarge and Alabama

Wild Strawberries

Wild Strawberries

Battle of Mobile Bay

Battle of Mobile Bay

Shipwreck

Shipwreck

South Carolina Coast

South Carolina Coast

Sinking the Alabama

Kearsarge Sinking the Alabama

95th Regiment

95th Regiment Private