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General Samuel Smith


Half-length standing portrait shows General Samuel Smith (1752-1839) as a man with short gray hair, seen in three-quarter view, facing right with eyes forward. He wears a War of 1812 military uniform consisting of a dark blue double-breasted jacket with gold buttons and epaulettes over a white shirt and stock. His proper right hand rests on handle of sword, which is tucked under left arm.




Oil on canvas


42 H x 36 W inches

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This portrait is part of a series entitled "The Defenders" that was commissioned from Rembrandt Peale by the City Council of Baltimore following the War of 1812.

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Baltimore City Life Collection

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Digital resource provided by the Maryland Center for History and Culture


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