The Complete Works of Philippe Smit
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Photo: Christopher Burke Studios, NY; © FdDPS
Photo: Christopher Burke Studios, NY; FdDPS
Original frame designed and painted by the artist.



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Classification: Pastel »
Theme: figurative »
Medium: Pastel »
Support: on cardboard »
Year(s): 1924 »
PS 244 (P 176; LNC 215)
Bishop N.D. Pendleton
Alternate title: N. D. Pendleton
Pastel on cardboard
57 1/2 x 41 13/16 in. (146 x 106 cm) (sight size)
Signed and dated lower left: Philippe Smit/ 1924
Inv. T. P., Ptgs etc. at Bryn Athyn, n.d. [c. 1940], Glencairn archives: no. [10] [P 176], p. [1], Bishop N.D. Pendleton, Smit, 58 x 37 [in.].
Inv. Pitcairn, n.d. [c.1957], n.p., LNC archives: no. P 176, Rev. Theodore Pitcairn, Portrait of Bishop N.D. Pendleton, Smit, Pastel, 56 1/2 x 34 1/2 [in.].
Inv. LNC, 1984, updated Oct. 1998, LNC archives: no. P 176, p. 2, The Church Hall - Art Gallery, Portrait of Bishop N.D. Pendleton, Pastel, 56 1/2 x 34 1/2 [in.].
Glencairn Museum, Academy of the New Church, Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania, United States, Philippe Smit (1886-1948): An exhibition in honor of Glencairn's acquisition of the 'The Celestial Army', January 10–February 15, 1993, [8] H, as N. D. Pendleton, Pastel,1924, Lent by the Lord's New Church Which is Nova Hierosolyma.
Literature & Primary Sources
Hyatt, Winfred. "The Art of Philippe Smit." In The Bulletin, vol. XIII, n° 2. Bryn Athyn, PA: Sons of the Academy, November 1924, p. 33–34 & 42–43, p. 33 & 42.
Philippe Smit. APCS to René and Mathilde Massé. New York, n.d. [20 June 1924].
Niehaus, Kasper. "Nieuwe Werken van Philippe Smit." De Telegraaf (Amsterdam), 14-12-1924, p. 9 (" … twee portretten van kerkelijke hoogwaardigheidsbekleeders …").
"Dien Maryke et Loty et moi nous/ avons été 3 mois en Amerique./ Je devais peindre 2 portraits d’Evêques/ tu c’est [sais] de cette Americain qui collectionnes/ mes tableaux. […]" [sic] (Dien, Maryke, Loty and I spent 3 months in America. I had to paint 2 portraits of bishops. You know, for this American who collects my paintings ...) (Philippe Smit 1924)

Reverend Nathaniel Dandridge Pendleton (1865-1937), bishop of the New Church in Bryn Athyn, did not approve of the portrait of his brother, bishop W. F. Pendleton [PS 246]. Disappointed with the result he and his family were against the idea of Philippe Smit painting his portrait but in the end they had to give in because of their friendship with Theodore Pitcairn.1

1. See Gyllenhaal 2000, p. 20 and also commentary for [PS 246].

Record last updated April 20, 2017. Please note that the information on this and all pages is periodically reviewed and subject to change.
Citation: Narzt, Andreas and Castellani, Florence. "Bishop N.D. Pendleton, 1924 (PS 244)." The Complete Works of Philippe Smit. (accessed on September 26, 2021).