Smith, Charles Ferdinand Hamilton (-1859)

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Artist; Draughtsman; Painter; Army officer; Natural historian
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Son of Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Hamilton Smith whose obsession with natural history put upon his son the responsibility to expand his existing collection when young Smith was sent to Australia as an army officer with a convict ship.

watercolourist, natural historian, army officer and settler, was the only son of Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Hamilton Smith, an obsessive English natural history illustrator who copied drawings from artists all over the world, including Augustus Earle (Smith’s copies are in the Auckland Institute) as well as drawing from preserved specimens. As a young lieutenant in the British Army, 28th Regiment of Foot, his son C.F. Hamilton Smith reached Sydney in the convict ship Westmoreland on 15 July 1835. Later he took up a grant of land on the Hunter River, which he called Enghein. Taught to draw by his father, Hamilton Smith was expected to help satisfy his father’s passion by collecting and describing natural history specimens. In his diary (ML), kept from 25 December 1833 at Wigan (England) until he disembarked, he wrote that before leaving home his father and sisters had supplied him with 'drawings of Fish and Views, for which I am bound to bring home numerous sketches in return’ (20 November 1834), so he was studying three numbers on fish from Griffith’s translation of Cuvier’s Animal Kingdom in preparation for the task. On 3 March 1835 he noted that John E. Gray of the British Museum (a relative of Bernhard Smith ) had 'kindly presented me with a book on taxidermy, with a view of encouraging me to collect specimens of natural history in N.S. Wales’. After his arrival, ...

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