Smith, James (1820-1910; English/Australian)

[photo: Robert Dowling: James Smith 1884 (SLV H41737; gift of Smith’s widow, 1910)] An influential critic and commentator on the fine arts in Melbourne throughout the pre-Felton era, Smith consistently proclaimed the view (shared by Redmond Barry and others) that art should be an improving force in society, clearly exhibiting moral values. Virtually an exact