(1833 - 1909)
James David Smillie was active/lived in New York, California. James Smillie is known for landscape and coastal view painting, graphics.
Biography James Smillie
A native of New York and the son of an engraver, James David Smillie
earned his early reputation for his etching skills but later for
watercolor landscapes. He began etching at age 8, learning from
his father, James Smillie (1807-1885).
At age 14, he did a set of plates illustrating John Milton's epic poem, Paradise Lost.
He had a job as a bank note engraver, and then he and his father had a
business, collaborating as engravers with a specialty of
bank-notes. They also did the engravings for the 1857 Mexican Boundary Survey Report.
James David Smillie helped organize the New York Etching Club, and he was the U.S.
representative to supply examples of American etchers' work to the
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