Vincent Arthur Smith

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Vincent Arthur Smith
Born (1848-06-03)June 3, 1848
Dublin, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
Died February 6, 1920(1920-02-06) (aged 71)
Occupation Indologist, art historian

Vincent Arthur Smith, CIE, (1848–1920) was a British Indologist and art historian.

Smith was born in Dublin on June 3, 1848 which was then part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.[1] He worked in the Indian Civil Service between 1871–1900[2] and retired early to devote himself to his writing. He was elected a foundation scholar of Trinity College, Dublin, where he also served as president of the University Philosophical Society in 1868-69.[citation needed]

He also wrote books on various rulers, such as the Buddhist ruler Ashoka the Great and Mughal emperor Akbar the Great, and a history of fine arts in India and Ceylon.

Smith was honoured with the award of Companion of the Order of the Indian Empire.[2]


  • General index to the reports of the Archaeological Survey of India: Volumes I to XXIII, with a glossary and general table of contents, Simla, Government Central Press, 1887. - Varanasi: Indological Book House, 1969
  • William Henry Sleeman (ed.): Rambles and Recollections of an Indian official, Westminster Reprint edition of the 1893 (2 volumes), New Delhi: Asian Educational Services, 1995
  • Preface to Purna Chandra Mukherji: A report on a tour of exploration of the antiquities of Kapilavastu Tarai of Nepal during February and March, 1899, Calcutta: Office of the Superintendent of Government Printing, 1901; Delhi Indological Book House, 1969.
  • "The Kushān, or Indo-Scythian, Period of Indian History, B.C. 165 to A.D. 320," pp. 1–64 in Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society (London), 1903.
  • "Catalogue of the Coins in the Indian Museum Calcutta", in The Cabinet of the Asiatic Society of Bengal: Part 1, Oxford, 1906
  • Smith, Vincent Arthur (1907). History of India: From Sixth century B.C to Mohammedan Conquest (Vol. 2). London, Grolier society. 
  • A history of fine art in India and Ceylon from the earliest times to the present day, Oxford, 1911
  • Smith, Vincent Arthur (1917). Akbar the Great Mogul, 1542-1605. Oxford at The Clarendon Press. 
  • The Oxford history of India : from the earliest times to the end of 1911, Oxford : Clarendon Press, 1920
  • Asoka, the Buddhist emperor of India, 1 ed. Oxford 1901; 3rd ed., Rulers of India series, Oxford : Clarendon Press, 1920
  • A history of fine art in India and Ceylon from the earliest times to the present day, 2. rev ed., Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1930
  • François Bernier (ed.), Travels in the Mogul Empire, AD 1656–1668. Reprint, Delhi: Low Price Publications, 1994.
  • The Jain Stûpa and other antiquities of Mathurâ, 2nd ed., Varanasi : Indological Book House, 1969.
  • Early History of India


  1. ^ F. E. P. (July 1920). "Vincent Arthur Smith". The Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland (3): 391–395. JSTOR 25209644. 
  2. ^ a b Crooke, W. (30 March 1920). "Dr. Vincent Arthur Smith, C. I. E.". Folklore 31 (1): 87. doi:10.1080/0015587X.1920.9719131. JSTOR 1255017. 

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