William Smith, the printseller (Biographical details)

William Smith, the printseller (dealer/auction house; collector; British; Male; 1808 - 1876)

Also known as

Smith, William; Smith, George; W & G Smith; Smith, W & G


Lisle Street, London


Print dealer, son of his father of the same name (qv) who ran a business in Lisle Street, north of Leicester Square. Partner with his brother George in the firm W & G Smith (qv) from 1835 to 1848/9, though he was always the dominant partner in public dealings. From then onwards William acted indepenedently. In 1850 he gave his sale catalogues to P&D, and in 1851 his large collection of caricatures of the reign of George III (1851,0901.1 to 1398). Trustee (later Deputy Chairman) of the National Portrait Gallery from 1856 until his death, when he bequeathed his collection of English watercolours to the V&A and the National Gallery of Ireland.


Antony Griffiths in 'Landmarks in Print Collecting', BMP 1996, pp.90-101
Sale Sotheby's 7 May and 3 December 1849, and 13 May 1850