A painter and illustrator from Pennsylvania, USA, William Smedley studied in Paris with Jean-Paul Laurens (1838-1921). He came to Australia to work for 'The picturesque atlas of Australasia' 1883-86, invited by its American art editor Frederic B Schell (1838-1902). Julian Ashton, Henry Fullwood and Frank Mahony were among the many other artists who produced illustrations for the Atlas. Smedley and Livingston Hopkins, or 'Hop' the subject of this drawing, had much in common as fellow American expatriates brought to Australia for their drawing skills. Smedley returned to the USA to make his reputation in New York as a painter of portraits.
excerpt from Hendrik Kolenberg, Anne Ryan and Patricia James, '19th century Australian watercolours, drawings & pastels in the Gallery's collection', Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2005
'Hop' (Livingston Hopkins)
pencil on grey paper
32.6 x 23.1 cm sheet
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Not on display
Shown in 1 exhibition
19th century Australian watercolours, drawings & pastels, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Apr 2005–24 Jul 2005
Referenced in 1 publication
Hendrik Kolenberg, 19th century Australian watercolours, drawing and pastels from the Gallery's collection, 'Introduction', pg. 6-16, Sydney, 2005, 10, 76 (colour illus.).