Elizabeth Sparhawk-Jones

HAILED BY CRITICS AS ITS "FIND OF THE YEAR" IN 1908, Elizabeth Sparhawk-Jones was the art world’s "golden girl." She knew the spectacular was within her reach. And then she disappeared.

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Ruth Franklin winning Plutarch Award

Ruth Franklin accepts Plutarch Award from John A. Farrell at Biographers International Conference in May 2017.

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Linda Leavell winning Plutarch Award

As a member of the 2015 Committee, Barbara Lehman Smith congratulates biographer Linda Leavell on winning the Plutarch Award.

Candace Millard and Will Swift

Candace Millard keynote speaker at Boston 2017 BIO conference

Candace Millard, keynote speaker at Boston 2017 conference, with Will Swift, current President of BIO.


Fine Art Connoisseur

Featured for the first time in 71 years in a national art magazine, "An Overlooked Phenomenon", written by Barbara Lehman Smith, highlights the life and career of painter Elizabeth Sparhawk-Jones.

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New Jersey Book Festival

Local and national authors show support and appreciation for readers at the annual New Jersey Book Festival, BookNJ, held in June. The Biography panelists (left to right) Marjorie Jones, Sheila Isenberg, and Barbara Lehman Smith during the panel on "Writing about the Lives of Others."


WYPR - Maryland Morning

Barbara Lehman Smith is a guest on the WYPR Maryland Morning program discussing her book Elizabeth Sparhawk Jones: The Artist Who Lived Twice with the wonderful Tom Hall.

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Canton Public Library Book Lecture Series

Visiting her hometown of Canton, Massachusetts, Barbara Lehman Smith signs some books after being part of the Canton Public Library's successful lecture series.


PAFA Art-at-Lunch Lecture Series

During the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts popular lunch speaker series, Barbara Lehman Smith discusses PAFA star Elizabeth Sparhawk-Jones in a topic called "Painting on the Pulse."

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About the Author

Barbara Lehman Smith

Since the release of Elizabeth Sparhawk Jones: The Artist Who Lived Twice in 2010, Barbara Lehman Smith remains drawn to stories of overlooked yet influential women of the 20th century. Her current project, a dual biography titled “The Two Mrs. Wylies,” follows seven years in the lives of poet Elinor Wylie and women’s rights activist Eleanor Taylor Marsh Wylie.

Specializing in healthcare, non-profits, and the arts, Ms. Smith has written professionally for more than 20 years. With corporate experience in marketing, she also manages Smith Publications, a company that primarily assists non-profit organizations. As an adjunct faculty member at Goucher College in Towson, Maryland, she also has taught a writing and design class in the graduate and professional studies program. A member of Biographers International Organization since 2010, she has served on multiple committees including the nominating board for the Plutarch Award, an annual award given to the best biography of the year as chosen by biographers. Ms. Smith earned her M.A. from the University of Baltimore, and B.A. from the University of Maryland. She and her husband live in Baltimore, Maryland, and Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.

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