SMYTH, WILLIAM

(b. 1813, d. 1878)

Painter

From A Dictionary of Irish Artists 1913

Was born in Dublin on 12th November, 1813, the son of Richard Smyth, haberdasher, of 16 Dame Street, who was Lord Mayor of Dublin in 1823-24. He began life as a midshipman in the navy; was afterwards on the stage; held for a time the post of Public Treasurer of Dublin, and finally took to journalism, writing for the "Morning Advertiser," "All the Year Round," and other London papers, as well as contributing to the Dublin Press. He was a good musician and singer and also a painter, and occasionally exhibited portraits in the Royal Hibernian Academy between 1848 and 1862. He was well known in literary society in London, and was one of the earliest members of the Savage Club. He died in London on 5th March, 1878, and was buried at Highgate.

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