Vincent Arthur Smith

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Vincent Arthur Smith
Born (1848-06-03)3 June 1848
Dublin, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
Died 6 February 1920(1920-02-06) (aged 71)[1]
Occupation Indologist, art historian

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


Smith was born in Dublin on 3 June 1848 which was then part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.[1]

He passed the Indian Civil Services exam in 1871 and was appointed to what would become the United Provinces in India. He would go to serve between 1871–1900 in a variety of magisterial and executive positions including terms as district and sessions judge eventually retiring as commissioner in July 1900.[1]

By 1910 Smith was settled in Oxford where he joined St. John's College and was appointed a Curator of the Indian Institute.[1]

After his return to England, Smith wrote books on various rulers such as the Buddhist emperor, Ashoka and the Mughal emperor, Akbar, and a history of fine arts in India and Ceylon. He also published two comprehensive volumes on Indian history, The Early History of India and The Oxford History of India.[1]

Smith was honoured with the award of Companion of the Order of the Indian Empire[2] and awarded a doctorate by Dublin University in 1919.[1]


  • 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 (1906). Williams Jackson, A. V., ed. History of India: From Sixth century B.C. to Mohammedan Conquest. History of India 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. ^ a b c d e f 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. (subscription required (help)). 
  2. ^ Crooke, William (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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