A Jonathan Club Legacy: Jack Wilkinson Smith

As the art collection in the Jonathan Town Club matures in prominence and quality, it’s fitting to take a look back at one chapter in the early period of its development, namely that of artist Jack Wilkinson Smith (1873-1949), whose own history aligns directly with the history of the building. When the Club resided on the top floors of the Pacific Electric Building in the first quarter of the past century, there was little room for painting in that already opulent palace. When at the end of 1925 the Club opened the grand thirteen-floor structure it resides in today, it was clear that this enormous Italian Renaissance-style clubhouse had an abundance of blank walls in need of embellishment.

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