Wordsworth Trust Books

John Smith (1749-1831)- A Cumbrian Artist Rediscovered


A catalogue published to accompany our major John Smith exhibition at the Wordsworth Museum.

John "Warwick" Smith (1749 - 1831) is well known for his numerous Alpine, Italian and Welsh drawings, which resulted from the patronage of the second Earl of Warwick.
However, this Cumbrian man, born at Irthington near Hadrian's Wall received a major commission in the 1780's from wealthy Cumbrian landowners, John Christian and Isabella Curwen, who held land throughout Cumbria.

The resulting series of around 100 watercolours has been rarely seen, discussed or reproduced. These Curwen watercolours, fully described in this catalogue, and wherever possible, illustrated reveal Smith as an accomplished and imaginative artist.

Engagingly written and superbly illustrated, this book enables John Smith of Irthington to be recognised as one of Cumbria's most talented artists.


Published by the Wordsworth Trust 2011


105 pp

Weight 750g