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Erminnie A. Smith

Artist
William Rudolf O'Donovan, 1844 - 1920
Sitter
Erminnie A. Smith, 26 Apr 1836 - 9 Jun 1886
Date
1881
Type
Sculpture
Medium
Bronze
Dimensions
Image/Mount: 2.9 × 19.5cm (1 1/8 × 7 11/16")
Frame: 41.3 × 35.1 × 1.9cm (16 1/4 × 13 13/16 × 3/4")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number
NPG.2014.6
Exhibition Label
Born Marcellus, New York
An anthropologist at the Smithsonian Institution, Erminnie Smith did pioneering research on American Indians. She studied mineralogy in Germany and branched out into ethnohistory, concentrating on the Iroquois. Observing and recording Iroquois rituals, she compiled a dictionary of their language and also published Myths of the Iroquois (1883).
This bas-relief by nineteenth-century portrait sculptor William Rudolf O’Donovan was illustrated as the frontispiece of Echoes of the Aesthetic Society of Jersey City (1882), a compilation of literary and scientific texts that the Daughters of the Aesthetic Society of New Jersey published in honor of Smith, their founder.
Provenance
(Conner Rosenkranz), New York; purchased NPG 2014
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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Exhibition
American Origins
On View
NPG, East Gallery 123
Place
United States\New York\Kings\New York\Manhattan Island