PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF DAVID C. COPLEY, LA JOLLA, CALIFORNIA
Approximately 424 watercolor landscape drawings (images mostly 7 1/2 x 11 1/2 in.; 190 x 292 mm), many signed "CHS" with captions inscribed below; occasional light marginal soiling or spotting. Bound in 4 volumes, contemporary black half-morocco and marbled boards, gilt-stamped titles on spines; extremities worn.
Retiring on half-pay in 1820, Smith enjoyed some further thirty-nine years studying natural history. Settling in Plymouth, he continued to travel extensively, recording his observations. History, zoology, and archaeology were his favorite subjects and he left "twenty thick volumes of manuscript notes and thousands of his own watercolour drawings, were were always at the free disposal of a student" (DNB).
The drawings range from pencil sketches with green and gray watercolor, to elaborate multi-color compositions.
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