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Lawrence Beall Smith


Lawrence Beall Smith was an American painter, lithographer, illustrator and sculptor, born in Washington D.C. He studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Chicago, receiving his Ph.D in 1931. The first exhibition of his work occurred in 1935 and by 1941 he had ascended to a national platform when the Whitney Museum of American Art gave him a one-man exhibition. 

Smith had a long-standing relationship with Associated American Artists, which published a number of his lithographs between the 1930s and 1970s. During World War II, Smith served as a war artist on numerous fronts; he created war posters, documented naval aviation operations, and served as an artist in the Medical Corps, where he witnessed and documented D-Day. Following the war, Smith added children book illustration to his long list of accomplishments.