Welcome to my Blog

Hi – I am James Craig, author of Frank Vining Smith: Maritime Painting in the 20th Century.  Please feel free to ask any question related to my new book.

Thanks for coming by !

James A. Craig

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  1. jacqueline mc aneney September 12, 2010 at 12:37 am #

    i have a painting by frank vining smith. largeship with new york shipping stamp on back of frame

  2. Liz Pretorius September 26, 2010 at 12:07 am #

    I am a member of the Whitman Ma Historical Commission and society. I just saw that you had a book signing in Hingham for your book on Frank Vining Smith. I wish I had seen the site earlier I would have attended. As you must know Frank Vining Smith is a decendant of the Whitman Family that our town is named for.
    Would you be interested in speaking at a Whitman Historical Society meeting? If so, is there a fee?
    Thank you for your time.

    • admin September 26, 2010 at 5:43 am #

      Hi Liz,

      I am the admin for this site, I just forwarded this comment to Liz Riviere, the woman who handles for Jim Craig. She will be in contact with you this week,


      Kit Latham

  3. Miriam Carter October 12, 2010 at 2:31 pm #

    Dear Ms. Latham,
    My mother would like to telephone or write to James Craig with a question about an Othmar Hoffler painting. What is the best way for her to contact him?
    Thank you,
    Miriam Carter

  4. Kevin Williams December 12, 2010 at 6:45 pm #

    I have a painting by Frank Vining Smith entitled caught in the act. Any information on this art would be appreciated. thank you Kevin Williams

  5. Eric D. Bradlee January 14, 2011 at 2:59 pm #


    I wanted to attend your lecture last night in Hull but was unable due to a last minute conflict. I own a Frank Vining Smith original oil that my grandmother left me. Unlike many of the pieces I have seen of his work on websites, where the colors are bright and the ship is at full sail at sea, this one has more muted colors and the sails are dark hues. The sea is calm and glassy and the ship appears to be near land as other smaller vessels can be seen in the background.

    I see you are from Gloucester. My gandparents owned a home on Good Harbor beach, the second one in on the private beach section. For many years they owned Salt Island. The City of Gloucester kept raising the taxes on the island and my Grandfather finally cautioned the city that if they raised the rate one more time, he would donate the island to the city. They did and he did.

    Please tell me where I can purchase your book.


    Eric Bradlee

  6. Patricia January 29, 2011 at 9:28 pm #

    Hi James,
    I have a painting by Frank Vining Smith..I picked up at Estate sale a few yrs ago..
    I liked the frame that is why I purchased it until I got it home and oh my what a treasure.
    The women was 88 yrs old, told me her Mother purchased it for her Fathers office who owned a lumber co,it is numbered..
    do you have an idea on how I can I can sell it…I live in So Ca.
    Thanks Pat

    • Dennis August 15, 2011 at 12:37 am #

      Hi, have you sold the painting? If not, shoot me an email.

      Thanks, Dennis

  7. steve bochetti March 16, 2011 at 4:55 pm #

    I have a painting signed Fr. Smith and dated 1905. I was told it was Frank Smith when I purchased it 20 years ago. It is of a single man with a turban and small bongo in his hand, looks like pastel.

    Was Mr. Smith doing that kind of portrait in Africa or the Middle East around that time?

    Also, did he sign with Fr. Smith at that time?

  8. Robert Moniz April 21, 2011 at 12:44 am #

    Did Frank Vining Smith do a painting of the clipper ship Andrew Jackson? I have an old poster entitled The Andrew Jackson, but the name of the artist has been cut off and the painting does not appear to be signed. It looks to me like one of his paintings.
    Thank you.

  9. Bill Sarni May 1, 2011 at 7:36 pm #

    A friend has a large F.V.S painting “Winter Gale” about 4’x2′ her fmily got directly from Frank. She needs to sell. Her parents worked with Frank in Hingham. Can you help with finding the best buyer location. She needs to move into assisted living home very soon.

    • Dennis August 15, 2011 at 12:38 am #

      Has she sold the painting yet? If not, shoot me an email.

      Thanks, Dennis

      • Diana August 29, 2014 at 2:55 am #

        Dennis Im going to assume someone you know or you are possibly interested in purchasing FVS paintings.I have one but Its not an original but a litho print. Im in Canada,Ontario If you are interested in this at all Please leave a reply

        • Diana August 31, 2014 at 7:09 am #

          contact me at scorpiogurl76@hotmail.com I have one for sale A rare print ( Litho)It says on it Frank Vining Smith G 22358 litho in U.S.A.. Called Sunny seas I believe

  10. Dennis August 15, 2011 at 12:40 am #

    I’m looking for any original Frank Vining Smith. Please contact me via email if you have one that you need or want to sell.

    Thanks, Dennis
    luvmysue at yahoo.com

  11. kathy November 9, 2011 at 1:37 am #

    I bought a poster at auction signed Frank Vining Smith in the lower right corner. It also says G P 2358 Litho in USA. Can you tell me something about it. Thanks

    • Pat Campbell May 20, 2013 at 5:57 pm #

      I also have a print of a ship with the same printing on the lower right hand corner.
      Did you happen to find out anything about the print????? Thanks for your time.

    • Diana August 31, 2014 at 7:00 am #

      I have one says G 22358 litho in U.S.A.

  12. Fran January 13, 2012 at 3:32 pm #

    My mother recently gave me an old painting that origianlly belonged to my grandparents, they lived in Cohasset, MA. To me the signature looks like Frank Vining Smith and it is of a schooner ship and it looks like there is a sister ship in the background. It does not have a date that I can see. I’m curious how I can find out if it is an original Frank Vining Smith and if it is, how much it’s worth.

  13. Georgia Janik March 20, 2012 at 2:24 am #

    Hi Mr. Craig,

    A friend has asked me to see what her Frank Vining Smith painting is worth. It is a maritine painting 25″x30″ it is on canvas signed by Frank Vining Smith. On the back stretcher bar is printed Toward Java Head. I can forward picture if you like. She would like to sell this painting and wondered the best way to do this.

    Thank you,
    Georgia Janik

  14. Deborah Bolling March 23, 2012 at 10:09 pm #

    I found a print of a ship signed by Frank Vining Smith, I think its a print. I found a picture of it or should I say a puzzle picture of what I have and the title is ” Around the World and Back ” Is this worth anything? The size is 16×20. Did Frank ever paint a picture named that?

    Thank You

    Deborah Bolling

  15. Jerry Serie March 28, 2012 at 9:38 pm #

    Mr. Craig,
    I have your book and enjoyed it very much. I have two paintings by Frank Vining Smith. One is an oil on board of 10 mallards coming into a marsh very similiar to plate 41 of your book with Canada geese. The other is a watercolor of a pair of wood ducks in flight through the trees which is 21 x 14 and untitled. Both are signed Frank Vining Smith. Would you venture a guess as to when they were painnted and their approximate value? I’m a big fan of Frank Benson’s sporting art, but of course his work is very expensive.
    Many Thanks …Jerry

  16. Doddi June 22, 2012 at 2:03 pm #

    we got a a GP 2358 litho in usa and a stamp “Gcc”. and want to know more about! thx

  17. Jim Day October 13, 2012 at 11:47 pm #

    I have a Frank V Smith painting that was in our family for fifty plus years. It is in a gilted wood frame measuring 35×29 with the frame being 2 1/2″ wide on the back paper it has Lot # 1471a. I am not sure if it is a watercolor or a print but it is signed in the right hand corner. It is similar to the other pictures I have seen on line but the large tall ship comes in from the left and you can see two hands on deck. A mirrored image, almost a ghost of the tall ship is coming up form the back.
    Could you send me a e-mail so I can send you pictures to help identify what if anything I have. Thank you for your assistance.

  18. Kay Henderson October 28, 2012 at 4:49 pm #

    Question A friend has a picture signed Frank V. Smith, and wishes to sell. Please corrispond and I can find particulars, as to date, signature, etc. I am in France and she is in Texas, to give you an idea of logistics. Thank you, Kay Henderson

  19. Rick Hesley November 19, 2012 at 9:33 pm #

    I have an original oil painting by Frank Vining Smith “Running Free” – oil on canvas in original frame, 30″ by 36″ that is in excellent condition. I had an appraisal done in 1986, but, the appraiser has since passed away. I live in South Orange County, California. My insurance company has requested an up to date appraisal. Any referrals for appraisers would be appreciated.

    Thank You, Rick Hesley

  20. Pat Campbell May 20, 2013 at 6:27 pm #

    Mr. Craig,

    Did Frank Vining Smith ever have a painting by the name, “Sunny Seas”? I think my prints may possibly match up with what someone has called it Sunny Seas. Don’t know if the auction place made that name up or if it is for real. Would love to know possibly when Mr. Smith painted it. I have purchased your book, but not yet received. Thanks for your valuable time.

    Pat Campbell

    • Diana August 31, 2014 at 7:03 am #

      I have one says G 22358 litho in U.S.A.. Called Sunny seas I believe

    • Diana August 31, 2014 at 7:06 am #

      I have one says G 22358 litho in U.S.A.. Called Sunny seas I believe -I’m Selling it – scorpiogurl76@hotmail.com

  21. Nicole Drought May 26, 2013 at 10:41 pm #

    I have a old picture that has Frank Vining Smith in the lower corner. It is a pair of men standing in a canoe, pushing with long poles down a winding river. The trees look as if its early fall. If anyone knows the name or any info about this picture please let me know. Thanks.

  22. Dave June 30, 2013 at 6:12 pm #

    have gotten litho of painting, I see most of his paintings have names mine dose not (as far as i can tell) Its a clipper ship with 3 distinctive sails in front. The litho #is G.P.5218 located on right lower corner
    Thank You

  23. Willie November 16, 2013 at 4:20 pm #

    I found a Frank Vining Smith Painting at a road side yard sale about ten years ago Just outside of Toronto Canada … The painting is done on sometime kind of old press wood board … I have done some research and have found out that he did go to art school here in Ontario Canada when he was very young. The painting is signed and it does look like the way he signed his paintings. There is no name of the back of the painting and no name to the painting but its old because it looks to have hung over a fireplace for sometime because its warped a bit in the left hand corner from heat. The only answer I could think off was because the lady I brought it from looked pretty old it may have been a painting he did in the art school while in Toronto Canada and give it to someone as a gift long before he became famous. It seems to be done in some kind of water and oil mixture. I love the painting and I only noticed it was even signed a few years ago. I am trying to find out if he did this kind of thing when he went to Art School here in Ontario when he was pretty young. Thanks to all who may be able to help.

  24. James Bagwell December 17, 2013 at 11:13 pm #

    My neighbor has a print of a painting of the golden hinde signed by Frank Vining Smith that appeared in a calendar. We were wondering where the original is and if your book has this painting covered in it.


  25. Deb August 30, 2014 at 2:40 pm #

    Hello! I have a litho print number G 2 2358 litho in U.S.A of Frank Vining Smith called A Close Race. It is in fair condition, unframed with marks around edges from the frame. There is also 2 small white spots on it. I’m selling it for a friend and have no idea what to price it for. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks Deb

  26. J. Ochsner April 29, 2015 at 2:49 am #

    Othmar Hoeffler was my mother’s cousin. My family is trying to determine value of some paintings left to us. Do you know where we could find any information? thank you.

  27. John November 16, 2015 at 1:45 am #

    I have a 50+ year old pic of the golden hinde signed by frank vining smith. Is that from the same calendar the other person was asking about possibly? It was at My Great Grand Mothers house and I am 58. Thanks. John Rector

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