Illustrator Calton A. Smith Fleur de Lis 1914 Antique Print
Children Illustrator Fleur De Lis
Antique Gravure process Print after Carlton Alfred Smith (1853 – 1946) for Princess Mary Gift Book. All profits from the sale went to the Queen's "Work For Women" Fund and National Relief. Queen Mary thanked all "the Authors and Artists who have so generously contributed to my Gift Book". Contributions by Sir J.M.Barrie, Arthur Conan Doyle, and poems by the likes of Rudyard Kipling, illustrations by members of the Golden Age of Illustrators .
Published by Hodder & Stoughton, Warwick Square, London, 1914
Carlton Smith was born in London in 1853. He was the son of a steel engraver and spent some of his early years being educated in France. The artist also studied at the Slade School in London and he initially worked as a lithographer before taking up painting. Smith specialized in painting genre subjects and he excelled in both oils and water-colours. From 1879, when he lived in London at Tudor Lodge, Albert Street, until 1904 he exhibited 29 paintings at the Royal Academy. Typical subjects were works such as ‘First Steps’, ‘Bedtime’ and ‘Christmas Eve’. He also exhibited at the Royal Institutes and was elected R.I. in 1889. Carlton Smith married the artist Martha Sarah King and they lived in London and Surrey. Between the years 1916 and 1923 the artist lived in India.