George Girdler Smith

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George Girdler Smith (September 8, 1795 in Danvers, Massachusetts – December 18, 1878 in Boston, Massachusetts) was an engraver in 19th-century Boston.[1] He kept a studio on Washington Street.[2] Collaborators included William B. Annin (Annin & Smith, 1820s-1830s),[3] Charles A. Knight and George H. Tappan (Smith, Knight & Tappan, ca.1850s).[4]

Smith belonged to several civic and social groups in Boston, including the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association, Boston Light Infantry, and the Freemasons. "In the year 1819 he was initiated a Freemason in Columbian Lodge, and in 1826 became its master, holding the position, at intervals of time, for 7 years. ... He was subsequently master of the Massachusetts Lodge, and deputy grand master in 1837-1839."[5] He died December 18, 1878, in Boston.[5]

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Engravings by Smith

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  1. ^ William Dunlap (1918). A History of the Rise and Progress of the Arts of Design in the United States. 3. C.E. Goodspeed & Co. OCLC 847945617. 
  2. ^ Boston Directory. 1848. 
  3. ^ "William B. Annin. Born and died in Massachusetts. He was probably a pupil of Abel Bowen, as he was working for Bowen in 1813. After doing considerable work over his own name, in 1823, he became a partner of George Girdler Smith." Cf. Catalogue of an Exhibition of Early American Engraving Upon Copper: 1727-1850. NY: Grolier Club. 1908. p. 7. 
  4. ^ Boston Directory. 1858. 
  5. ^ a b New England Historical and Genealogical Register, 33, April 1879, p. 276 


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