Tuesday, 6 February 2007

Sydney Lawton Smith - a Boston engraver

Isaac Rand Thomas

















































Sydney Lawton Smith (1845-1929)

Born in Boston, Sydney Lawton Smith became a well-known engraver, bookplate artist and book illustrator namely, for Paul Revere and His Engraving (1901) and New York as Washington Knew It after the Revolution (1905), published by W. Lorin Andrews.
Lawton Smith engraved armorial and pictorial bookplates many of which were for institutional Libraries such as the American Antiquarian Society, the Bangor Public Library State Fund, the Bolton Public Library, the Boston Medical Library Billings Fund, the Bowdoin College Library: Class of 1875, the Burnham Library of Architecture, The Children's Hospital, Boston, the Public Library: District of Columbia, The Essex Institute: Ward Memorial Fund, several for the Harvard College Library, the Massachusetts Historical Society,.
S. Lawton Smith’s bookplates are well represented in the Lewis Stark Bookplate Collection at the University of new Hampshire (see, http://www.izaak.unh.edu/specoll/mancoll/bookplates.htm#smith
Sidney Lawton Smith: Letters to William Loring Andrews and Engravings, 1901-1917 at http://www.grolierclub.org/LibraryAMC.Smith,%20S.L..htm
Bibliography:
Allen, Charles Dexter, American Book-Plates. A Guide to Their Study. With a Bibliography by E. N. Hewins, New York: Hacker Art Books, 1968. Reprint of the 1895 edition
Allen, Francis Wilbur, The Golden Age of American Bookplate Design (1890-1925), paper addressed to the XVIth International Exlibris Congress of FISAE, in Lisbon, 1976, in «A ARTE DO EX-LÍBRIS», # 79, Braga, 1976;
Butler, William E. & Butler, Darlene J., The Golden Era of American Bookplate Design: 1890-1940, London Bookplate Society 1986
Smith, Amy G. & Teall, Gardner, Sidney Lawton Smith: Designer, Etcher, Engraver, C. E. Goodspeed & Co.: Boston, 1931

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