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David Smith Sold at Auction Prices

b. 1920 - d. 1999

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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        • David Smith,  British 1920-1999 -  Druids Retreat, 1971;  ink on paper, s
          Mar. 12, 2024

          David Smith,  British 1920-1999 -  Druids Retreat, 1971;  ink on paper, s

          Est: £400 - £600

          David Smith,  British 1920-1999 -  Druids Retreat, 1971;  ink on paper, signed and dated lower left 'Smith 1971' and inscribed with title on the reverse, 18.7 x 27 cm: together with another work on paper by the same artist 'Train depot', watercolour on paper, 36.5 x 50.5 cm (2) (ARR)  Provenance:  the Collection of Paul Clarke and thence by descent 

          Roseberys
        • David T. Smith, Grand Canyon, Arizona;
          Nov. 23, 2023

          David T. Smith, Grand Canyon, Arizona;

          Est: £500 - £700

          David T. Smith, British 1920-1999, Grand Canyon, Arizona; etching and aquatint with raised elements on wove, signed, inscribed and numbered in pencil, 31/50, image: 32.5 x 51.7 cm, (framed) (ARR)

          Roseberys
        • David Smith, Preparing for isolation tube treatment
          Sep. 12, 2023

          David Smith, Preparing for isolation tube treatment

          Est: £200 - £300

          David Smith, British 1920-1999 - Preparing for isolation tube treatment; oil on board, 39 x 51.4 cm (ARR) 

          Roseberys
        • David Smith, Isolation tubes, 1968
          Sep. 12, 2023

          David Smith, Isolation tubes, 1968

          Est: £200 - £300

          David Smith, British 1920-1999 - Isolation tubes, 1968; oil on board, signed and dated lower right 'David Smith 1968', 60.5 x 121.5 cm (ARR) 

          Roseberys
        • David Smith (20th Century), Abstract, 1999, Oil on canvas, 48" H x 36" W
          Jun. 13, 2023

          David Smith (20th Century), Abstract, 1999, Oil on canvas, 48" H x 36" W

          Est: $800 - $1,200

          David Smith (Active 20th Century) Abstract, 1999 Oil on canvas Signed lower left: D.R. Smith; signed again and dated verso: © D.R. Smith

          John Moran Auctioneers
        • DAVID SMITH,  BRITISH 1920-1999 -  FENLAND;  OIL ON BOARD, TITLED ON THE REVERSE 'FENLAND', 71 X 7
          Jun. 06, 2023

          DAVID SMITH,  BRITISH 1920-1999 -  FENLAND;  OIL ON BOARD, TITLED ON THE REVERSE 'FENLAND', 71 X 7

          Est: £200 - £300

          David Smith,  British 1920-1999 -  Fenland;  oil on board, titled on the reverse 'Fenland', 71 x 76 cm (unframed) (ARR)

          Roseberys
        • DAVID SMITH,  BRITISH 1920-1999 -  ISOLATION TUBE;  OIL ON BOARD, 108.3 X 80.5 CM (UNFRAMED) (ARR)
          Jun. 06, 2023

          DAVID SMITH,  BRITISH 1920-1999 -  ISOLATION TUBE;  OIL ON BOARD, 108.3 X 80.5 CM (UNFRAMED) (ARR)

          Est: £200 - £300

          David Smith,  British 1920-1999 -  Isolation tube;  oil on board, 108.3 x 80.5 cm (unframed) (ARR) 

          Roseberys
        • DAVID SMITH, BRITISH 1920-1999 - READING IN ISOLATION TUBE;  OIL ON BOARD, 43 X 48 CM (ARR)
          Jun. 06, 2023

          DAVID SMITH, BRITISH 1920-1999 - READING IN ISOLATION TUBE;  OIL ON BOARD, 43 X 48 CM (ARR)

          Est: £200 - £300

          David Smith, British 1920-1999 - Reading in isolation tube;  oil on board, 43 x 48 cm (ARR)

          Roseberys
        • § DAVID SMITH (1920-1999)
          Apr. 07, 2022

          § DAVID SMITH (1920-1999)

          Est: £200 - £300

          § DAVID SMITH (1920-1999) DAVID SMITH (1920-1999) Metalworker ink, watercolour and gouache 57 x 36.5 cm (22 1/2 x 14 3/8 in) PROVENANCE: Private collection, UK

          Chiswick Auctions
        • § DAVID SMITH (1920-1994/8)
          Apr. 07, 2022

          § DAVID SMITH (1920-1994/8)

          Est: £200 - £300

          § DAVID SMITH (1920-1994/8) DAVID SMITH (1920-1999) Metalworkers ink, watercolour and gouache 57 x 36.5 cm (22 1/2 x 14 3/8 in)

          Chiswick Auctions
        • David Smith RE, British 1920-1999 - Rio, Brazil; watercolour on paper, signed, titled and dated
          Feb. 15, 2022

          David Smith RE, British 1920-1999 - Rio, Brazil; watercolour on paper, signed, titled and dated

          Est: £100 - £150

          David Smith RE, British 1920-1999 - Rio, Brazil; watercolour on paper, signed, titled and dated lower right 'David Smith Rio 1988', 49.5 x 63.7 cm (ARR) (VAT charged on hammer price) Provenance: with The New Academy Gallery, London (according to the label attached to the reverse) Note: works by the artist are in the collection of the National Museum of Wales, Usher Gallery and the Royal Air Force Museum. Please refer to department for condition report

          Roseberys
        • David Smith RE, British 1920-1999 - Dusk at Shoreditch, 1988; watercolour and gouache on paper,
          Feb. 15, 2022

          David Smith RE, British 1920-1999 - Dusk at Shoreditch, 1988; watercolour and gouache on paper,

          Est: £100 - £150

          David Smith RE, British 1920-1999 - Dusk at Shoreditch, 1988; watercolour and gouache on paper, 55.1 x 75.3 cm (ARR) (VAT charged on hammer price) (VAT charged on hammer price) Note: works by the artist are in the collection of the National Museum of Wales, Usher Gallery and the Royal Air Force Museum. Please refer to department for condition report

          Roseberys
        • WW2 fighter ace ACM Sir David Harcourt Smith DFC signed 1999, 75th ann RAF cover flown by Tornado.
          Jul. 17, 2020

          WW2 fighter ace ACM Sir David Harcourt Smith DFC signed 1999, 75th ann RAF cover flown by Tornado.

          Est: £4 - £6

          WW2 fighter ace ACM Sir David Harcourt Smith DFC signed 1999, 75th ann RAF cover flown by Tornado. Good Condition. All signed pieces come with a Certificate of Authenticity. We combine postage on multiple winning lots and can ship worldwide. UK postage from £3.99, EU from £5.99, Rest of World from £7.99.

          Chaucer Auctions
        • DAVID SMITH (American, 1906-1965) Diplomats: Fascist and Fascist Tending; Axis D. (from the Medals for Dishonor Series) 1938–1939
          Jul. 01, 2020

          DAVID SMITH (American, 1906-1965) Diplomats: Fascist and Fascist Tending; Axis D. (from the Medals for Dishonor Series) 1938–1939

          Est: $20,000 - $30,000

          DAVID SMITH (American, 1906-1965) Diplomats: Fascist and Fascist Tending; Axis D. (from the Medals for Dishonor Series) 1938–1939 incised with the artist's initials using Greek lettering; incised with the artist's signature on separate plaque cast bronze, on original mount Diameter of medal: 10 in. 25.4 cm. Overall: 13 1/2 by 14 1/2 by 2 in. 34 by 37 by 5 cm. This work was executed in 1938-1939, and is a unique variation from an edition of 3. For further information on this lot please visit the Bonhams website

          Bonhams
        • DAVID SMITH (American, 1906-1965) Untitled 1955
          Jul. 01, 2020

          DAVID SMITH (American, 1906-1965) Untitled 1955

          Est: $18,000 - $25,000

          DAVID SMITH (American, 1906-1965) Untitled 1955 signed with the artist's initials and dated 2/11/55 egg ink and gouache on paper 17 1/2 by 22 1/2 in. 44.5 by 57 cm. For further information on this lot please visit the Bonhams website

          Bonhams
        • DAVID SMITH - Sydney Opera House
          Jun. 02, 2020

          DAVID SMITH - Sydney Opera House

          Est: $2,000 - $3,000

          DAVID SMITH (British 1920 - 1998) Sydney Opera House Watercolour 52 x 76

          International Art Centre
        • DAVID SMITH - Russia
          Jun. 02, 2020

          DAVID SMITH - Russia

          Est: $800 - $1,200

          DAVID SMITH (British 1920 - 1998) Russia Watercolour 67 x 75

          International Art Centre
        • DAVID SMITH - Great Wall of China
          Jun. 02, 2020

          DAVID SMITH - Great Wall of China

          Est: $1,000 - $1,500

          DAVID SMITH (British 1920 - 1998) Great Wall of China Watercolour 52 x 76

          International Art Centre
        • DAVID SMITH (BRITISH 1920-1998)
          Nov. 19, 2019

          DAVID SMITH (BRITISH 1920-1998)

          Est: £70 - £100

          DAVID SMITH (BRITISH 1920-1998) France, Normandy Signed and dated 1954 Gouache 26 x 36 cm

          Chiswick Auctions
        • DAVID SMITH | Large Oval
          Nov. 15, 2019

          DAVID SMITH | Large Oval

          Est: $30,000 - $40,000

          painted ceramic

          Sotheby's
        • DAVID SMITH | Untitled
          Nov. 15, 2019

          DAVID SMITH | Untitled

          Est: $20,000 - $30,000

          egg ink and tempera on paper

          Sotheby's
        • DAVID SMITH | Classic Figure III
          Nov. 15, 2019

          DAVID SMITH | Classic Figure III

          Est: $250,000 - $350,000

          bronze

          Sotheby's
        • DAVID SMITH - Untitled
          Sep. 24, 2019

          DAVID SMITH - Untitled

          Est: $15,000 - $20,000

          DAVID SMITH - Untitled

          Phillips
        • David Smith (1920-1998) British. "Dubrovnik", Oil on Board, Inscribed on a label on the reverse, 23.5" x 34.5".
          May. 29, 2019

          David Smith (1920-1998) British. "Dubrovnik", Oil on Board, Inscribed on a label on the reverse, 23.5" x 34.5".

          Est: £300 - £400

          David Smith (1920-1998) British. "Dubrovnik", Oil on Board, Inscribed on a label on the reverse, 23.5" x 34.5".

          John Nicholson's Fine Art Auctioneers & Valuers
        • DAVID SMITH | Untitled (Two Circles)
          May. 17, 2019

          DAVID SMITH | Untitled (Two Circles)

          Est: $30,000 - $40,000

          spray enamel on paper

          Sotheby's
        • DAVID SMITH - A Sketch for a Sculpture (Raven Series)
          May. 15, 2019

          DAVID SMITH - A Sketch for a Sculpture (Raven Series)

          Est: $30,000 - $40,000

          DAVID SMITH - A Sketch for a Sculpture (Raven Series)

          Phillips
        • DAVID SMITH - ?ä 87-12-57
          Feb. 27, 2019

          DAVID SMITH - ?ä 87-12-57

          Est: $20,000 - $30,000

          DAVID SMITH - ?ä 87-12-57

          Phillips
        • David Smith (British, 1920-1999), 'Casting Shape',
          Jul. 26, 2018

          David Smith (British, 1920-1999), 'Casting Shape',

          Est: £80 - £120

          David Smith (British, 1920-1999), 'Casting Shape', signed and dated 1968, limited edition print 9/12, 53cm x 72.5cm,.

          Ewbank's
        • David Smith (British 1920-1999), 'Cauldron', signe
          Jul. 26, 2018

          David Smith (British 1920-1999), 'Cauldron', signe

          Est: £80 - £120

          David Smith (British 1920-1999), 'Cauldron', signed and dated 1968, limited edition print 4/12, 66cm x 48cm,.

          Ewbank's
        • David Smith (1920-1998) River Chelmer, Essex 29 x 36in.
          Jun. 26, 2018

          David Smith (1920-1998) River Chelmer, Essex 29 x 36in.

          Est: £500 - £700

          David Smith (1920-1998) oil on canvas River Chelmer, Essex signed 29 x 36in.

          Gorringes
        • DAVID SMITH Don Quixote.
          May. 22, 2018

          DAVID SMITH Don Quixote.

          Est: $8,000 - $12,000

          DAVID SMITH Don Quixote. Lithograph with hand-coloring in watercolor on off-white wove paper, 1952. 455x605 mm; 18x23 3/4 inches, full margins. First state (of 2). Edition of approximately only 27. Signed, titled, dated, dedicated and inscribed "E 27" (?) in ink, lower margin (the ink faded). Printed by Michael Ponce de Léon and Margaret Lowengrund, New York. Published by the artist, New York. A superb, richly-inked impression of this extremely scarce, early Abstract Expressionist lithograph. Sarah Suzuki, Curator, Department of Prints and Illustrated Books, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the curator of the Rock Paper Scissors exhibition of Abstract Expresionism at The MoMA, October 3, 2010-April 25, 2011, writes, "Smith began making prints after taking classes at the Art Students League in New York. He made a series of linoleum cuts of his Brooklyn neighborhood in the 1920s, Surrealist-influenced etchings in the 1930s and 1940s, and a group of lithographs with Woodstock, New York–based printer Margaret Lowengrund in the 1950s, including this one. Don Quixote was actually Smith's first print, and has a great story behind it that underscores the sometimes-complicated chemistry of printmaking, and the fact that successful endeavors are often aided by quite a bit of luck. Lowengrund had just taken on an assistant, a young artist named Michael Ponce de Léon, who actually had no experience making lithographs. Ponce de Léon's first assignment was to assist Smith. The two men met, worked, chatted over beers, and when asked by Smith to proceed with the printing, Ponce de Léon couldn't bring himself to admit that he'd never printed a lithograph before. So he forged ahead, and without running water in the studio, improvised by printing with the copious amount of beer they had on hand." According to Ponce de Léon, "When Margaret arrived ready to start the printing and was told that we had already printed the first stone she almost collapsed, and in great desperation she rushed out to the drying pile of our first prints only to discover to her great amazement that the whole edition was rather well printed. Without pulling any punches, Margaret gave me a blistering lecture and made me aware of all the innumerable disasters that could have taken place in the process. You are either the luckiest fool I have ever met or a born genius. Time will tell.' Schwartz 30.

          Swann Auction Galleries
        • DAVID SMITH Untitled (Family).
          May. 22, 2018

          DAVID SMITH Untitled (Family).

          Est: $5,000 - $8,000

          DAVID SMITH Untitled (Family). Lithograph, 1954. 215x585 mm; 8 1/2x23 1/8 inches, full margins. Second state (of 2), with the background. Edition of 20. Signed, dedicated and annotated in ink, lower margin. Printed by Reginald Neal, University of Mississippi. A superb impression of this scarce lithograph. We have found only 4 other impressions at auction in the past 30 years. Schwartz 36.

          Swann Auction Galleries
        • David Smith (1920-1998) Collapse of the Lowestoft sea wall, 6.5 x 8.5in.
          May. 17, 2016

          David Smith (1920-1998) Collapse of the Lowestoft sea wall, 6.5 x 8.5in.

          Est: £80 - £120

          David Smith (1920-1998) etching with aquatint, Collapse of the Lowestoft sea wall, signed in pencil, numbered 1/30, 6.5 x 8.5in.

          Gorringes
        • DAVID SMITH - Untitled, 1960
          May. 10, 2016

          DAVID SMITH - Untitled, 1960

          Est: $50,000 - $70,000

          DAVID SMITH - Untitled, 1960

          Phillips
        • DAVID SMITH | Untitled
          Mar. 03, 2016

          DAVID SMITH | Untitled

          Est: $35,000 - $40,000

          ink and tempera on paper

          Sotheby's
        • DAVID SMITH | Untitled
          Mar. 03, 2016

          DAVID SMITH | Untitled

          Est: $7,000 - $9,000

          ink and tempera on paper

          Sotheby's
        • David Smith British (1920-1994/8), oil on board, abstract portrait, signed lower right and dated 1970, 22cm x 30cm,
          Feb. 25, 2016

          David Smith British (1920-1994/8), oil on board, abstract portrait, signed lower right and dated 1970, 22cm x 30cm,

          Est: £200 - £300

          David Smith British (1920-1994/8), oil on board, abstract portrait, signed lower right and dated 1970, 22cm x 30cm,

          Ewbank's
        • David Smith British (1920-1994/8), pen and ink sketch of a street with figures, signed lower right and dated indistinctly 36cm x 56cm, two watercolour abstract landscapes dated 1970, 28cm x 37cm, and 14cm x 19cm, (3),
          Feb. 25, 2016

          David Smith British (1920-1994/8), pen and ink sketch of a street with figures, signed lower right and dated indistinctly 36cm x 56cm, two watercolour abstract landscapes dated 1970, 28cm x 37cm, and 14cm x 19cm, (3),

          Est: £200 - £300

          David Smith British (1920-1994/8), pen and ink sketch of a street with figures, signed lower right and dated indistinctly 36cm x 56cm, two watercolour abstract landscapes dated 1970, 28cm x 37cm, and 14cm x 19cm, (3),

          Ewbank's
        • DAVID SMITH | Four Soldiers
          Nov. 04, 2015

          DAVID SMITH | Four Soldiers

          Est: $2,000,000 - $3,000,000

          Steel

          Sotheby's
        • DAVID SMITH | Forging II
          Nov. 04, 2015

          DAVID SMITH | Forging II

          Est: $1,000,000 - $1,500,000

          Stainless steel

          Sotheby's
        • § David Smith (British, 20th Century) Ice floes in the Halley Bay, Weddell Sea, Antarctica - oil on board
          Oct. 22, 2015

          § David Smith (British, 20th Century) Ice floes in the Halley Bay, Weddell Sea, Antarctica - oil on board

          Est: £600 - £900

          § David Smith (British, 1920-1998) Ice floes in the Halley Bay, Weddell Sea, Antarctica oil on board h:75 w:100 cm Painted from studies made on RRS Bransfield 1975-1976 on a relief voyage.

          Cheffins
        • DAVID SMITH (1920-1998) 'Ingot and Furnace' and 'C
          Oct. 07, 2015

          DAVID SMITH (1920-1998) 'Ingot and Furnace' and 'C

          Est: £50 - £100

          DAVID SMITH (1920-1998) 'Ingot and Furnace' and 'Cauldron', 1969, 9/12 and 11/12 respectively, each signed, dated, titled and numbered in pencil in the margin, screen prints, 64cm x 48cm and 44.5cm x 62cm respectively (2)

          Mallams
        • DAVID SMITH (1920-1998) The Grand Canyon, Arizona,
          Oct. 07, 2015

          DAVID SMITH (1920-1998) The Grand Canyon, Arizona,

          Est: £50 - £100

          DAVID SMITH (1920-1998) The Grand Canyon, Arizona, 1988 and another similar, the former signed, dated, titled and inscribed 'a/p' in pencil in the margin, aquatints, each 32.5cm x 52cm (2)

          Mallams
        • DAVID SMITH B. LOWESTOFT (1920-1999), 'Lowestoft Harbour', lithograph in co
          Oct. 04, 2015

          DAVID SMITH B. LOWESTOFT (1920-1999), 'Lowestoft Harbour', lithograph in co

          Est: £150 - £300

          DAVID SMITH B. LOWESTOFT (1920-1999), 'Lowestoft Harbour', lithograph in colours, numbered 30/50, signed and dated lower margin and framed, 57cm x 71cm.

          Lots Road Auctions
        • DAVID SMITH | Untitled
          Sep. 29, 2015

          DAVID SMITH | Untitled

          Est: $50,000 - $70,000

          spray enamel on paper

          Sotheby's
        • DAVID SMITH | Nude
          Sep. 29, 2015

          DAVID SMITH | Nude

          Est: $60,000 - $80,000

          enamel on canvas

          Sotheby's
        • DAVID SMITH | Untitled
          Sep. 29, 2015

          DAVID SMITH | Untitled

          Est: $50,000 - $70,000

          oil on masonite

          Sotheby's
        • David Smith, Untitled, In the lower centre with pe
          Jun. 05, 2015

          David Smith, Untitled, In the lower centre with pe

          Est: €20,000 - €30,000

          David Smith, Untitled, In the lower centre with pen and India ink monogrammed, inscribed and dated: ?? 90-12-57. Marked with the estate stamp on the reverse and the handwritten no.: 73-57, 226, Violet egg ink on laid paper, 1957, 17 7/8 x 22 3/4 in.

          Grisebach
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