"A Tale Under Candlelight"   Lot no. 2168

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By William T. Smedley (1858-1920)

1882 (Estimated)
12.75" x 9.75"
Watercolor on Card Stock
Signed Lower Left



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A Tale Under Candlelight, The Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine story illustration, 1882

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William Thomas Smedley was born in West Chester, Pennsylvania, received his art education at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, and later studied with Jean Paul Laurens in Paris.

   He began his career in the early 1880s as a pen-and-ink artist for Harper and Brothers; later, after halftone engraving was introduced, he changed to working in gouache.

   As a free lance artist, he was an active contributor to most of the major magazines, including Scribner’s, Harper’s and The Ladies’ Home Journal. He also illustrated many books for authors such as William Dean Howells and Henry James.

   An active painter, Smedley was a member of the American Watercolor Society, the National Association of Portrait Painters, and the National Institute of Arts and Letters. He won many awards, including the Evans Prize, A.W.C.S. 1890; the Proctor Prize, National Academy of Design, 1906. His work is also represented in the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.