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William Smyth

(1800 -  1877 )
SMYTH William Fish In A Basket

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William Smyth - The Malpaso Del Estero, Chile

William Smyth - The Malpaso Del Estero, Chile

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Lot number: 232
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Lieutenant William Smyth (Irish, 1800-1877)
The Malpaso del Estero, Chile
signed and indistinctly inscribed 'River .../Malpaso del Estero/Lieut Wm Smyth RN' (verso), gouache
14.8 x 22cm (5 13/16 x 8 11/16in).
, € 2,300 - 3,400
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William Smyth R.N. joined the navy in April 1913, and from June 1831 to early 1835 he was lieutenant under Captain Charles Henry Paget on H.M.S Samarang in the Pacific. During 1834-5 he undertook a voyage down the Amazon with his fellow officer Frederick Lowe (1811-1847). The following year, they published an account of this journey entitled Narrative of a Journey from Lima to Para, across the Andes and down the Amazon, Undertaken with a View of Ascertaining the Practicability of a Navigable Communication with the Atlantic, by the Rivers Pachitea, Ucayali, and Amazon . An entry made on 9th January 1835 records their time at the Malpaso del Estero, together with an illustration of a view similar to that shown in the present lot: 'In about an hour we came to the Malpaso del Estero, where we were obliged to take out half our cargoes, and draw the canoes over a reef of rocks which produced a heavy overfall: this operation consumed near two hours. We then descended a short distance, to a little bay, which we put into, and secured the canoes, cleared a place for our tent, which we pitched, and laid up for the night. In the middle of the night we were awakened by things repeatedly falling on the tent, which proved to be a family of monkeys who inhabited the trees over our heads.'
William Smyth - Natives Of Elson's Bay'

William Smyth - Natives Of Elson's Bay'

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Lot number: 224
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Lieutenant William Smyth (Irish, 1800-1877)
'Natives of Elson's Bay' near Point Barrow, Alaska
inscribed 'NATIVES OF ELSON'S BAY' (lower centre), 'Drawn by Wm. Smyth' (lower left) and 'HMS Blossom Aug.t 1826' (lower right)
pen and ink and watercolour heightened with bodycolour
15 x 22.5cm (5 7/8 x 8 7/8in). each
unframed
together with two other watercolours from the same voyage by the same hand (3)
Footnote:
Officer and artist Smyth entered the Royal Navy in April 1813. He served as a passed midshipman and mate on HMS Blossom under Frederick William Beechey (1796-1856) in the Pacific, 1825-28, until commissioned lieutenant on the voyage in May 1827. Nine of his watercolours illustrate Beechey's official account,
Narrative of A Voyage To The Pacific And Beering's Strait, To Co-Operate With The Polar Expeditions Performed In His Majesty's Ship Blossom, Under The Command Of Captain F. W. Beechey, R. N. In The Years 1825, 26, 27, 28 (Philadelphia, 1832).
Beechey's task was to explore the Bering Strait in concert with Franklin and Parry, who were operating from the east. They explored as far north as Point Barrow, Alaska, the furthest point into the Arctic any non-Inuit had been at the time:
"I named it Point Barrow to mark the progress of northern discovery on each side the American continent which has been so perseveringly advocated by that distinguished member of our naval administration [Sir John Barrow (1764-1848)]...The bay which appeared to be formed to the eastward of this point I named Elson's Bay, in compliment to the officer in command of the barge." (Beechey, 1832, p.258)
In his account, Beechey published Smyth's log of this event, including his description of the natives they encountered there:
"Wednesday, 23rd Aug...The natives, on seeing us anchor, came down opposite the boat in great numbers, but seemed very doubtful whether to treat us as friends or enemies...These people were clothed like the Esquimaux we had seen on the other parts of the coast: their implements were also the same, except that we thought they were more particular in constructing the bow, the spring of which was strengthened with whalebone.
"Many of the men wore, as lip ornaments, slabs of bone and stone in an oblong shape, about three inches in length and one in breadth. They were much more daring than any people we had before seen, and attempted many thefts in the most open manner." (Smyth as published in Beechey, p.263-4)
William Smyth - H.m.s. "blossom" Leaving Spithead, May 19th 1825 -- A Vignette

William Smyth - H.m.s. "blossom" Leaving Spithead, May 19th 1825 -- A Vignette

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Lot number: 25
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William
Smyth (1800-1877)

H.M.S. "Blossom" leaving Spithead, May 19th 1825 -- a
vignette

inscribed as titled

watercolour on paper

oval

7¾ x 10in. (19.7 x 25.4cm.)
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Notes
Smyth was
a Royal Naval officer and artist who entered the Navy in April
1813. He served as a passed midshipman and mate on the

Blossom under Frederick Beechey in the Pacific, 1825-28,
until commissioned lieutenant on the voyage in May 1827. Nine of
his watercolours illustrate Beechey's official account.
The
Blossom crossed the Pacific to the Bering Strait and
Beechey established a base at Kotzebue Sound, intending to greet
Franklin and Parry on their arrival via the Northwest Passage.
Beechey carried out surveys of the Pacific northwest and visited
California, Tahiti and Pitcairn Island where Adams, the last
survivor of the
Bounty mutineers, came off to the ship. The
latter's account of the mutiny is included in Beechey's
narrative.
William Smyth - Two Orange Cats

William Smyth - Two Orange Cats

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Lot number: 550
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TWO ORANGE CATS George William Smyth H 12" x W 16" Oil & Acrylic on Board Signed
William Smyth - Fish In A Basket

William Smyth - Fish In A Basket

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Lot number: 704
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FISH IN A BASKET George William Smyth H 15" x W 12" Oil & Acrylic on Board Signed
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