|Place of Birth||Chelsea, London|
|Place of Death||Albany Street, London|
Charles John Smith, was the son of James Smith, a surgeon in Chelsea, and his wife, Sophia Gregory. He was articled to Charles Pye, the historical and landscape engraver, and subsequently became known as a talented engraver, employed ‘particularly in the illustration of some of the best topographical and antiquarian publications of his time’. Among these were E. Cartwright’s Rape of Bramber, Charles Stothard’s Sepulchral Effigies, Murray’s Illustrations of Johnson, and Dibdin’s Tour in the Northern Counties of England. He undertook the production of a volume of fac-simile autographs of Autographs of royal, noble, learned, and remarkable personages conspicuous in English history, with biographical notices by John Gough Nichols (1828). Elected a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries in 1837, he died the following year before he had completed his Literary and Historical Curiosities, which appeared posthumously (1847).
‘Obituary’, The Gentleman’s Magazine, Vol. XI (Jan.-June, 1839).
Freeman Marius O’Donoghue, ‘Smith, Charles John’, Dictionary of National Biography (London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900), sub nomine.