An image of 'Hop'

William Thomas Smedley

(United States of America, Australia 1858 – 1920)


Other titles:
'Hop' (Livingston Hopkins)
Not on display
Further information

A painter and illustrator from Pennsylvania, USA, William Smedley studied in Paris with Jean-Paul Laurens (1838-1921). He came to Australia to work for 'The picturesque atlas of Australasia' 1883-86, invited by its American art editor Frederic B Schell (1838-1902). Julian Ashton, Henry Fullwood and Frank Mahony were among the many other artists who produced illustrations for the Atlas. Smedley and Livingston Hopkins, or 'Hop' the subject of this drawing, had much in common as fellow American expatriates brought to Australia for their drawing skills. Smedley returned to the USA to make his reputation in New York as a painter of portraits.

excerpt from Hendrik Kolenberg, Anne Ryan and Patricia James, '19th century Australian watercolours, drawings & pastels in the Gallery's collection', Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2005

pencil on grey paper
32.6 x 23.1 cm sheet
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Purchased 1929
Accession number