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Title

'Hop'

(1880s)


Artist

William Thomas Smedley

United States of America, Australia

1858 - 1920


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


Details


Other Title

'Hop' (Livingston Hopkins)


Date

(1880s)


Media category

Drawing


Materials used

pencil on grey paper


Dimensions

32.6 x 23.1 cm sheet


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 1929


Location

Not on display


Accession number

321


Artist information

William Thomas Smedley

Works in the collection

1


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Hendrik Kolenberg, 19th century Australian watercolours, drawing and pastels from the Gallery's collection, 'Introduction', pg. 6-16, Sydney, 2005, 10, 76 (colour illus.).