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Lionel Smythe, 1839-1918

Nationality: English
Date of Birth: 1839.09.04
Place of Birth: London
Date of Death: 1918.07.10
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Lionel Percy Smythe was a landscape and rustic genre painter, etcher and mezzotintist. He was the father of the watercolour painter, Minnie Smythe.


Smythe studied at Heatherleys Art School. In 1880 he joined the membership of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours and in 1883 of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters. He was elected an associate of the Royal Water Colour Society in 1892, a full member in 1894, an associate of the Royal Academy in 1898, and a full member in 1911.

JW knew Smythe and was in contact with him at the time of his expulsion from the Royal Society of British Artists. In fact JW printed one of Smythe's etchings, now in Hunterian Art Gallery at the University of Glasgow. Smythe was among those invited to a dinner at the Criterion in Piccadilly in May 1889 to congratulate JW on becoming an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Munich (#02485).


Bénézit, E., Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs, 8 vols, Paris, 1956-61; Johnson, J., and A. Gruetzner, Dictionary of British Artists 1880-1940, Woodbridge, 1980.