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Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue

George Smith (1713-1776), Landscape painter and poet

An engraving by William Woollett after George Smith's landscape which includes the three brothers in a pastoral scene, is lettered The Original Picture from which this Print was taken in the year 1760 obtained the First Premium granted by the Society for the Encouragement of the Arts. [1] The standing figure, as in NPG 4117, holds a paper which is here inscribed Pastorals, a reference no doubt to George's talents as a poet. [2] A version was sold at Christie's, 14 December 1962, lot 138. A painting with John Mitchell of New Bond Street in June 1965 was perhaps the original. [3] A portrait of the three brothers by William Pether is now known only by his mezzotint, published 1765. An 'old oil painting', apparently related to the mezzotint, was auctioned with other property of W. H. B. Fletcher of Aldwick Manor, Sussex, in August 1941. [4]

1) Society of Artists, 1760 (58); John Smith's landscape (60) won second prize. Besides Woollett and other able artists, Smith's works were largely engraved by Elliott, Peake and Vivares.
2) A volume of his Pastorals appeared 1770.
3) Connoisseur, CLIX, 1965, reproduced p 133.
4) L. F. Salzman, correcting footnote to Challen's article, W. H. Challen, ‘Baldy's Garden, the Painters Lambert, and other Sussex Families', Sussex Archaeological Collections, XC, p 130.

This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Kerslake, Early Georgian Portraits, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1977, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.