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William Thomas Smedley

United States of America, Australia

1858 – 1920

  • Details

    Other Title
    'Hop' (Livingston Hopkins)
    Media category
    Materials used
    pencil on grey paper
    32.6 x 23.1 cm sheet
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Purchased 1929
    Not on display
    Accession number

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    William Thomas Smedley

    Works in the collection


  • About

    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

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication