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Smedley, William Thomas

SMEDLEY, WILLIAM THOMAS (1858- ), American artist, was born in Chester county, Pennsylvania, of a Quaker family, on the 26th of March 1858. He worked on 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 Lome through Canada, preparing sketches for Picturesque Canada; and in 1905 became a member of the National Academy of Design. Most of his work was magazine and book illustration for stories of modern life, but he painted portraits and water colours, and received the Evans Prize of the American Water Color Society in 1890, and a bronze medal at the Paris Exposition of 1900.

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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