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After Harvard, Smith went to Balliol College, Oxford, where he was influenced by the aesthetics of Walter Pater. The publication of his first book, The Youth of Parnassus (1895), brought him the friendship of the poet Robert Bridges, and later they inaugurated the Society for Pure English, which was launched in 1919. He had become a naturalised British subject in 1913. His work included studies on Shakespeare, Milton and the Life and Letters of Sir Henry Wotton (1907) in three volumes.
oil on canvas
H 61.4 x W 49.8 cm
Given by the artist's nephew, executors of the estate of Lt Col. Christopher Sands, 2001