Smith, Lydia Leaming (1789-1869)
Lydia Leaming, the daughter of Thomas Leaming and Rebecca Fisher, was born in Philadelphia in 1789. In 1808, Lydia married James Somers Smith, a prominent Philadelphia attorney who served on the Board of Directors of the Athenaeum from 1826 to 1831. The couple had six children and it was at some point well into their marriage, that Henry Inman was commissioned to paint his portrait of Lydia Leaming Smith.
31" x 35"
Oil on canvas; gilt frame
Gift of Lydia Smith Thomson.
General Collection, Museum Collection, The Athenaeum of Philadelphia