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Deborah Goldsmith commonplace books, 1826-1933, bulk 1826-1832

Goldsmith, Deborah, 1808-1836



Collection Information

Size: 2 Microfilm reels

Summary: Two commonplace books or albums kept by Deborah Goldsmith prior to her marriage to George Addison Throop containing drawings; poems, verses, passages written by Goldsmith, and by her friends; and some later annotations by descendants.
A commonplace book titled "Deborah Goldsmith Album, 1826 to 1830, No. 1," which includes a summary preface by Olive Cole Smith, the granddaughter of Goldsmith, genealogical notations written by James A. Throop, the son of Goldsmith, in 1892; and sentiments, poems and verses by Goldsmith, and by her friends as a remembrance.
A commonplace book, October 19, 1829 through December 27, 1832, which contains fifteen drawings by Goldsmith (the first, "Oliver Goldsmith," according to Jean Lipman, is drawn after a Joshua Reynolds painting), one drawing possibly by George Addison Throop, and the later inclusion of a childhood drawing, circa 1837, by Goldsmith's daughter, Cordelia; sonnets, poems, and prose inscribed by Goldsmith and by her friends, including a lengthy theme by future husband George Addison Throop, "A Thought on Death and the Grave," 1832; and a genealogical outline entered by son James A. Throop, 1894, and intermittant annotations by granddaughter Olive Cole Smith, 1933 and undated. In addition, there is clipping concerning Olive Cole Smith's civic activities, and a brief letter from Jean Lipman (who had consulted Goldsmith's diaries in the course of research for an article) relaying her finding concerning the Oliver Goldsmith portrait in the diary.

Biographical/Historical Note

Deborah Goldsmith (1808-1836) was an itinerant portrait and miniature painter in oils from New York state. After her marriage on December 27, 1832 to George Addison Throop (1810-1849), of the artistic Throop family of central New York, she gave up her profession; thus, maiden name Goldsmith appears on the artist's professional work.


The albums were passed down through the Throop family to Mrs. Olive Cole Smith, the granddaughter of Deborah Goldsmith Throop and George Addison Throop - she, in turn, gave it to her son Dan Throop Smith (the great-grandson of Deborah Goldsmith Throop), who has lent it to the Archives of American Art.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Originals returned to lender, Professor Dan Throop Smith, after microfilming.

How to Use This Collection

Restrictions on Access

The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.

How to Cite This Collection

Deborah Goldsmith commonplace books, 1826-1933, bulk 1826-1832. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.