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Albert Smith

Albert Smith

A carte-de-visite portrait of Albert Richard Smith (1816-1860), English author, journalist, lecturer and entertainer.

Born at Chertsey, Surrey on 24 May 1816, Smith studied medicine in Paris, and his first literary effort was an account of his life there, which appeared in The Mirror. He gradually relinquished his medical work for light literature. He was one of the most popular men of his time, and a favourite humorist in the vein of humour then in vogue. He was one of the early contributors to Punch and was also a regular contributor to Bentley's Miscellany, in whose pages his first and best book, The Adventures of Mr Ledbury, appeared in 1842. His other books were, Christopher Tadpole (1848), issued in monthly parts, PoMeton's Legacy (1849), and a series of so-called natural histories, The Gent, The Ballet Girl, The Idler upon Town and The Flirt. He also adapted some of Charles Dickens's stories for the stage. He founded and edited a monthly magazine called The Man in the Moon, from 1847 to 1849. In 1851 he ascended Mont Blanc, and the year after produced at the Egyptian Hall the descriptive entertainment, which he called Mont Blanc, describing the ascent of the mountain. This success was followed by other similar entertainment, among them China. Smith married in 1859 a daughter of Robert Keeley, the comedian. He died in Fulham, London, 23 May 1860.

Photographed by Camille Silvy of London, probably in the Spring of 1860.


Code: 123845
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