David Thomas Smith, was born at Lowestoft, Suffolk on 13 April 1920, his mother's maiden name was Mills. He studied at Lowestoft Technical School and at both Lowestoft and Norwich Schools of Art. Visiting master at Framlingham College 1939-1940, then served in the Royal Air Force. In 1949 he painted 'The Last Flight of Flt. Lieut. R. H. Middleton, V.C.' which was handed over to the Royal Australian Air Force at Mildenhall, Suffolk. After demobilisation he studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, winning an Abbey Major Rome Scholarship at the British School in Rome 1949. David then continued teaching including senior lecturer in fine art at Chelsea School of Art 1965-1979. A painter, draughtsman and printmaker being elected to the Royal Society of Etcher Painter in 1951, exhibiting at the Royal Academy; London Group; New Art Centre and elsewhere having over sixty solo shows in the UK and abroad including a retrospective at Evesham Arts Festival in 1990; a major show at Sogo Art Gallery, Yokohama 1991 and a retrospective at Bankside Gallery 1996. Official artist to the British Antarctic Survey 1975-1976 and the second voyage 1979-1980. He was also a book illustrator including Woodman's 'View from the Sea' and Fogg's 'The Discovery of the Antarctica'. He lived at Camden, London where he died on 1 September 1999.
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