Vincent Arthur Smith
Vincent Arthur Smith, CIE, (1843–1920) was an Irish Indologist and art historian.
Vincent Arthur Smith
The Early History of India by Vincent Arthur Smith, 1914
|Died||6 February 1920 (aged 76)|
|Occupation||Indologist, art historian|
Smith was born in Dublin on 3 June 1843 which was then part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. His father was Dr Aquilla Smith, well known in medical and numismatic circles in Dublin and London.
He passed the Indian Civil Services exam in 1871 and was appointed to what would become the United Provinces in India. He would go to serve between 1871–1900 in a variety of magisterial and executive positions including terms as district and sessions judge eventually retiring as commissioner in July 1900.
After his return to England, Smith wrote books on various rulers such as the Buddhist emperor, Ashoka and the Mughal emperor, Akbar, and a history of fine arts in India and Ceylon. He also published two comprehensive volumes on Indian history, The Early History of India and The Oxford History of India.
- General index to the reports of the Archaeological Survey of India: Volumes I to XXIII, with a glossary and general table of contents, Simla, Government Central Press, 1887. - Varanasi: Indological Book House, 1969
- Smith, Vincent Arthur (1893). Editor of William Henry Sleeman's Rambles and Recollections of an Indian official Volume 1, Rambles and Recollections of an Indian official Volume 2 Westminster Reprint edition of the 1893 (2 volumes)
- Preface to Purna Chandra Mukherji: A report on a tour of exploration of the antiquities of Kapilavastu Tarai of Nepal during February and March, 1899, Calcutta: Office of the Superintendent of Government Printing, 1901; Delhi Indological Book House, 1969.
- Smith, Vincent Arthur (1901). Asoka, the Buddhist Emperor of India, 1 ed. Oxford 1901; 3rd ed., Rulers of India series, Oxford : Clarendon Press, 1920
- Smith, Vincent Arthur (1901). The Jain Stûpa and other antiquities of Mathurâ
- "The Kushān, or Indo-Scythian, Period of Indian History, B.C. 165 to A.D. 320," pp. 1–64 in Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society (London), 1903.
- Smith, Vincent Arthur (1903). The Indian civil service as a profession. A lecture delivered at Trinity college, Dublin, on June 10th, 1903
- Smith, Vincent Arthur (1904). The Early History of India, from 600 B. C. to the Muhammadan conquest
- Smith, Vincent Arthur (1906). Catalogue of the coins in the Indian Museum, Calcutta, including the cabinet of the Asiatic Society of Bengal: Volume 1, The Early Foreign Dynasties and the Guptas, Oxford: Clarendon Press
- Smith, Vincent Arthur (1906). Williams Jackson, A. V. (ed.). History of India: From Sixth century B.C. to Mohammedan Conquest. History of India. 2. London: Grolier Society.
- Smith, Vincent Arthur (1911). A history of fine art in India and Ceylon from the earliest times to the present day, First Edition
- A history of fine art in India and Ceylon from the earliest times to the present day, Second Edition revised by K Codrington, 1930
- A history of fine art in India and Ceylon from the earliest times to the present day, Third Edition revised and enlarged by Karl Khandalavala, 1962
- Smith, Vincent Arthur (1917). Akbar the Great Mogul, 1542-1605. Oxford: Clarendon Press.
- Smith, Vincent Arthur (1919) Second and revised edition to François Bernier's Travels in the Mogul Empire, AD 1656–1668, 1914
- Smith, Vincent Arthur (1919). The Oxford history of India : from the earliest times to the end of 1911, Oxford : Clarendon Press
- Smith, Vincent Arthur (1919). Indian constitutional reform, viewed in the light of history, Oxford : University Press
- F. E. P. (July 1920). "Vincent Arthur Smith". The Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland (3): 391–395. JSTOR 25209644.
- Crooke, William (30 March 1920). "Dr. Vincent Arthur Smith, C. I. E." (PDF). Folklore. 31 (1): 87. doi:10.1080/0015587x.1920.9719131. JSTOR 1255017.
- The History of British India: A Chronology. by J F Riddick
- "Smith, Vincent Arthur". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/36164. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
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