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John Thomas Smith (1766-1833), Draughtsman and antiquary

Sitter in 1 portrait
Artist associated with 36 portraits
John Thomas Smith, antiquarian, was also an etcher. 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.

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John Thomas Smith

by William Brockedon
chalk, 1832
NPG 2515(34)