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SYDNEY URE SMITH DIES

 

Publisher And  

Artist

Sydney Ure Smith, artist and publisher, died at his resi- dence in Manar Flats, Mac- leay Street, Potts Point, yes- terday morning.

He was 62. He had been in ill-health for two years.

Mr. Smith studied art under Julian Ashton.

In 1916, he formed a syndicate with Bertram Stevens and Mr. Charles Lloyd Jones and pub- lished "Art in Australia." He remained editor of this and the magazine, 'The Home," until 1938. He also edited and pub- lished a number of works of artistic interest.

Mr. Ure Smith also edited books on the works of a number of Australian artists. His own etchings and water-colour draw- ings have been exhibited at the National Art Galleries in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Ade- laide, the Metropolitan Museum of New York, and the New York Public Library.

Mr. Ure Smith was a former vice-president of the board of trustees of the National Art Gal- lery of N.S.W., and for 26 years was president of the Society of

Artists.

He was awarded the O.B.E. for his work in encouraging and ad- vancing art in Australia.

TRIBUTES

The director of the National Art Gallery of N.S.W., Mr. Hal Missingham, said it would be hard to replace Mr. Ure Smith in Australian Art.

"He did more for young paint- ers than anyone in Australia,"

he said.

Mr. Charles Lloyd Jones com- mented: "The aesthetic life of Australia is poorer to-day through the loss of Sydney Ure

Smith."

Mr. Ure Smith is survived by a son, Mr. Sam Ure Smith, and daughter, Mrs. R. J. Hemphill,  

of Chatswood.

A service will be held to-day at St. Stephen's Presbyterian Church, Macquarie Street, start- ing at 2.30 p.m., followed by. cre- mation at Northern Suburbs Cre- matorium.

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