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1753, Apr 151845, Jan 5
an English painter and illustrator, specialising in small paintings showing subjects taken from literature. He was a member of the Royal Academy. Smirke painted also some pictures for John Boydell's Shakespeare Gallery and for Bowyer's History of England. These works included Katharine and Petruchio, Juliet and the Nurse, Prince Henry and Falstaff, and The Seven Ages. A large commemorative plate, with fifteen medallion portraits, of The Victory of the Nile was engraved by John Landseer from his design.
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