John Thomas Smith,Late Keeper of the Prints in the British Museum, Author of Nollekens and his Times, Antient Topography, &c.&c.
Published as the Act directs, Decr.1883. by Molteno & Graves, 20, Pall Mall, and by M. Colnaghi, Cockspur Street.
Engraving on india laid paper, india 225 x 150mm. 9 x 6". Trimmed to india, small crease lower left-hand corner.
Bust portrait of John Thomas Smith (1766 - 1833), draughtsman and antiquary. His published work focuses almost entirely on London and its environs, and he was unusual for his time in that he recorded all strata of society. A pupil of Joseph Nollekens and the mezzotint engraver John Keyse Sherwin, Smith began his career as engraver and topographical draughtsman. His first publication, Antiquities of London and its Environs (1800), was followed by his major work Antiquities of Westminster (1807). In 1816, Smith became the keeper of prints and drawings at the British Museum, a position he held for the rest of his life. After John Jackson (1778 - 1831).
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