William Thomas Smedley

William Thomas Smedley.

William Thomas Smedley (March 26, 1858 – March 26, 1920), American artist, was born in Chester County, Pennsylvania, of a Quaker.[1]

He worked at a newspaper, then studied engraving and art in Philadelphia, in the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and — after making a tour of the South Seas — in Paris under Jean-Paul Laurens. He settled in New York City in 1880; in 1882 went with the Marquis of Lorne through Canada, preparing sketches for Picturesque Canada.[1] He also provided wood engravings that appeared as illustrations in The Picturesque Atlas of Australasia (1886).[2]

In 1905 he became a member of the National Academy of Design.[1]

Most of his work was magazine and book illustration for stories of modern life, but he painted portraits and watercolours, and received the Evans Prize of the American Watercolor Society in 1890, and a bronze medal at the Paris Exposition of 1900.[1]

Smedley died in Bronxville, New York on 26 March 1920.[3]


Select works
One Day in June (1909)
A Late Arrival (1888)
Embarrassment (1883)


  1. ^ a b c d   One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Smedley, William Thomas". Encyclopædia Britannica. 25 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 251.
  2. ^ Susanna de Vries Evans (1987), Historic Sydney as seen by its early artists, Sydney, Angus & Robertson, p.59. ISBN 0207156204
  3. ^ Benezit Dictionary of Artists. Gründ. 2006. p. 1340. ISBN 2700030702.

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