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John Smith (ca. 1798-1847)
Little is known about the landscape and figure engraver John Smith
who was active from 1832 to 1847. He is believed to have been born
around 1798 and to have attended the Royal Academy Schools in London.
His landscape engravings first appeared in J. Britton and W.W.
Brayley's Devonshire and Cornwall Illustrated (1832).
He next worked with William Tombleson on his Views of the Rhine (1832), Upper
Rhine, and Thames (both 1834), and with Leith Ritchie
on his Travelling Sketches in Northern Italy (1832), Travelling
Sketches on the Rhine (1833), and Wanderings by the Seine (1835).
Smith went on to contribute to further examples of the flourishing
illustrated travel genre: Thomas Roscoe's Tour in Italy (1833),
William Beattie's Switzerland (1836), James Browne's A
History of the Highlands (1838), W.J. Hooker's Perthshire
Illustrated (1843), and W.G. Fearnside's Picturesque Beauties
of the Rhine (1846).
|Smith engraved two Scott-related images: 1)
Henry Meville's Solway Firth, Embarkation of Queen Mary,
an episode from The
Abbot, for Landscape-Historical Illustrations
of Scotland and the Waverley Novels (1838) (click on thumbnail,
right), and 2) Smith's last recorded published work, The
Abbotsford Family by Sir
David Wilkie for
the Abbotsford Edition of the Waverley Novels (1847).
- Hunnisett, Basil. A Dictionary of British
Steel Engravers (Leigh-on-Sea: F. Lewis, 1980)
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