(1807 - 1885)
James H. Smillie was active/lived in New York. James Smillie is known for landscape, banknote engraver.
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Biography James Smillie
The following, submitted August 2005, is from Victoria Clark, professional art historian.
James Smillie was born on 23 November 1807 in Edinburgh,Scotland. In 1819, he apprenticed under John Johnston, silver engraver, and Edward Mitchell, pictorial engraver. He was the son of David Smillie Sr (1781-1827) and Elizabeth Cumming (1782-1852).
The family immigrated to Quebec, Canada, establishing a silver-plating and engraving business. James Smillie began original etchings ofpictorial subjects for "Picture of Quebec", written by Rev George Bourne, and from that time Smillie was dedicated to etching.
He completed studies in Edinburgh under Andrew Wilson, and by 1828 had become an accomplished reproductive engraver. He m
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