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George and John Smith of Chichester volume of 53 etchings and engravings: landscape 1767

volume: 38.0 x 27.0 x 2.5 cms inscr. on plate b.l. "Geo & Jh Smith Chichester 1767" CRE SMITH, John, of Chichester; (English; c.1717-1764) CRE SMITH, George, of Chichester; (English; c.1714-1776) PUB BOYDELL, John; (English; 1719-1804) NFA assisted purchase.
George and John Smith were brothers of William Smith, represented in our founder's collection by a Cavern Scene by Firelight (glaha 43816). Besides their activities as painters, the two brothers engraved a delightful series of prints published by John Boydell in 1770. Thirty-two of the prints were after their own landscape compositions, and the remainder reproduced seventeenth-century Dutch designs by Rembrandt and others. Although little-known today, their work belongs to an important moment in the formation of an English landscape tradition, to which they contributed. They are also among the first landscape painter-etchers of the English School.