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James Smetham (1821-1889), Painter and essayist

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Painter and writer; befriended D.G. Rossetti and Ruskin, but unsuccessful as a painter; painted romantic visionary works, generally on a small scale; wrote mostly on artistic and religious themes; a minor but original artist and writer.

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James Smetham

by James Smetham
chalk and watercolour, circa 1845-1850
NPG 4487