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William ('Gentleman') Smith

(1730-1819), Actor

Sitter associated with 8 portraits
Actor. William Smith, known as 'Gentleman Smith', was educated at Eton; he took a wide range of leading roles at Covent Garden and Drury Lane from 1753 to 1788, appearing as Richard III under Garrick and creating the part of Charles Surface in Sheridan's comedy, A School For Scandal, 1777.

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'Mr. Powell and Mr. Bensley in the Characters of King John and Hubert', by Valentine Green, published by  William Wynne Ryland, after  John Hamilton Mortimer - NPG D40461

'Mr. Powell and Mr. Bensley in the Characters of King John and Hubert'

by Valentine Green, published by William Wynne Ryland, after John Hamilton Mortimer
mezzotint, published 26 March 1771
NPG D40461

Immortality of Garrick, by James Caldwall, by  S. Smith, after  George Carter - NPG D18114

Immortality of Garrick

by James Caldwall, by S. Smith, after George Carter
line engraving, published 1783
NPG D18114

William ('Gentleman') Smith in the Character of Iachimo in Cymbaline, by William Lawranson, published by  William Richardson - NPG D41775

William ('Gentleman') Smith in the Character of Iachimo in Cymbaline

by William Lawranson, published by William Richardson
mezzotint, published 1 January 1784
NPG D41775

William ('Gentleman') Smith, by William Ward, published by and after  John Jackson - NPG D9068

William ('Gentleman') Smith

by William Ward, published by and after John Jackson
mezzotint, published 8 April 1819 (circa 1819)
NPG D9068

William ('Gentleman') Smith, by William Ward, published by and after  John Jackson - NPG D41774

William ('Gentleman') Smith

by William Ward, published by and after John Jackson
mezzotint, published 8 April 1819 (circa 1819)
NPG D41774

Garrick surrounded by his friends, by George Salisbury Shury, published by  A.J. Isaacs, after  William Hogarth - NPG D34380

Garrick surrounded by his friends

by George Salisbury Shury, published by A.J. Isaacs, after William Hogarth
stipple engraving and mezzotint, published 20 August 1866
NPG D34380

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