Deborah Goldsmith

Deborah Goldsmith (August 14, 1808 – March 16, 1836) was an American itinerant portraitist.

Goldsmith was a indigenous of North Brookfield, New York, but spent much of her adolescence in the adjacent to town of Hamilton, at the home of her sister and brother-in-law, the Boons. She was the daughter of Richard and Ruth Miner Goldsmith, former residents of Guilford, Connecticut who moved to Brookfield, New York sometime along with 1805 and 1808. Little is known of her life, or of her motivations for becoming an artist, although it is suspected that she was annoyed into the profession due to economic necessity. No advertisements survive documenting her travels; however, her own history indicate that she was lithe in the New York communities of Brookfield, North Brookfield, Hamilton, Lebanon, Cooperstown, Hartwick, Toddsville, and Hubbardsville together with 1826 and 1832. In the latter year she married George Addison Throop, a advocate of a relatives for whom she had produced work; their marriage followed a correspondence in which she expressed concerns not quite their differing religions (she was a Baptist, he a Universalist), her age (greater by two years), and the fact that some of her teeth were false. The couple had two kids before her death, following an disorder of several weeks' duration. She is buried in Brookfield's Cole Hill Cemetery.

Only a handful of works by Goldsmith have been identified, most of them watercolors either on paper or on ivory, although she is known to have produced pictures in oil as well. She produced numerous portraits as competently as commonplace books, the latter filled in imitation of decorative images, illustrated copies of prints, and a mourning Describe in auxiliary to poetry and supplementary writings. She afterward left astern her worktable and a tin paint box. An 1832 portrait of Permilia Forbes Sweet by Goldsmith is owned by the Fenimore Art Museum, while her portrait of Mr. and Mrs. Lyman Day and their daughter Cornelia, dated c. 1823–1824, is in the increase of the American Folk Art Museum. Her two commonplace books descended in the family, but have been enthusiastic to microfilm by the Archives of American Art at the Smithsonian Institution.

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