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Smith, Charles Stewart, 1832-1909

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role Collector
dates 1832-1909
city New York City
other citiesStamford, CT; Glasgow, Ireland; Manchester; Paris, France;
gender M
historical notes Charles Stewart Smith (1832-1909) was an art collector and businessman in the dry goods business.

He traveled to Japan on his honeymoon with his third wife in 1892 and purchased several thousand Japanese prints as well as Japanese ceramics and paintings from the British journalist and collector Captain Frank Brinkley (1841-1912).

Smith gave 1,763 Japanese prints to the New York Public Library and the rest to The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Smith's art collection included works by Messonnier, Diaz, Dupre, Daubigny, De la Croix, Decamps, Detaille, Troyton, Gerome, Domingo, Cavanel, Gleyre, Knause, Rouseau, Bargue, Jules Breton, Defragge, Boldini, Zamacois, Millet, Fortuny, Corot, Edouard Frere, Leloir, Ziem, De Neuville, Shreyer, A. Steinheil, Van Marcke, Cazin, and Munkaesy. (New York Times, obit)

He was a member of the following clubs: Union League, Lawyers', Players, Century, and Merchants.

Smith lent the following artwork to the Hudson-Fulton Celebration, 1909:
Singing Boys - Frans Hals
Saint John the Baptist - Rembrandt
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New York Public Library, General Research Division
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Rm. 315
Tribute of the Chamber of Commerce of the State of New York to the memory of Mr. Charles Stewart Smith, president 1887-1894, December Second, Nineteen Hundred and Nine. see details...
New York Public Library
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
Catalogue of Japanese porcelains and faience [microform] [collected by ... ] see details...