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Richard Shirley Smith was born in Hampstead in 1935 and was educated at Harrow School. He studied at the Slade School of Fine Art and in Rome. His main output as an artist has been a sequence, over fifty years, of solo shows of paintings, illustrated books, trompe-l'eoil murals, engravings and bookplates. All these works reflect his interests in Italian architecture, theatre, classical ruins, surrealism and still-life.
During the 1980s he painted a number of mural decorations at Eaton Square, Princes Gate, Kensington Palace Gardens and others outside London. His fiftieth birthday was marked by a substantial retrospective at The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. After the exhibition the museum acquired all his available engravings for their print room.
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