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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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2884

Dr Mathew

attributed to John Thomas Smith
pencil, circa 1790-1830
NPG 2884

1967a

George Arnald

by John Thomas Smith
sepia and wash, circa 1830
NPG 1967a

D32557

William Camden

by John Thomas Smith, after Unknown artist
aquatint, published 1791
NPG D32557

D25537

John Stow

by John Thomas Smith, published by Nathaniel Smith
stipple and line engraving, published 10 May 1792
NPG D25537

D18691

John Stow

by John Thomas Smith, published by Nathaniel Smith
stipple and line engraving, published 10 May 1792
NPG D18691

D39561

Sir Thomas Pasley, 1st Bt

by and published by John Thomas Smith, and by Anne Maria Smith (née Prickett), and published by Nathaniel Smith, printed by Joseph Stewardson, after Lemuel Francis Abbott
stipple engraving, published December 1796
NPG D39561

D38063

David Macbride

by John Thomas Smith, printed by Joseph Stewardson, published by Nathaniel Smith, after Reynolds of Dublin
line and stipple engraving, published February 1797
NPG D38063

D35598

Tomb of Lady Frances Kniveton (née Dudley)

published by Nathaniel Smith, and published by John Thomas Smith
line engraving, published 10 August 1798
NPG D35598

D40077

Henry Dimsdale

by and published by John Thomas Smith
etching, published 31 December 1815
NPG D40077

D40079

George Wilson

by and published by John Thomas Smith
etching, published 31 December 1815
NPG D40079

D40081

Unknown man selling fruit ('Lemons')

by and published by John Thomas Smith
etching, published 31 December 1815
NPG D40081

D40082

Unknown man reading

by and published by John Thomas Smith
etching, published 31 December 1815
NPG D40082

D40083

Unknown man selling toys ('Young Lambs')

by and published by John Thomas Smith
etching, published 31 December 1815
NPG D40083

D40084

Unknown man selling pies ('The Flying Pie-Man')

by and published by John Thomas Smith
etching, published 31 December 1815
NPG D40084

D40086

Unknown man selling toys ('Windmills')

by and published by John Thomas Smith
etching, published 31 December 1815
NPG D40086

D40087

Unknown woman street vendor ('Birmingham-Balls')

by and published by John Thomas Smith
etching, published 31 December 1815
NPG D40087

D40088

Unknown man mending pans ('Tinker')

by and published by John Thomas Smith
etching, published 31 December 1815
NPG D40088

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