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Sir William Wright Smith (1875–1956), FRSE

© estate of Stanley Cursiter. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo credit: The Royal Society of Edinburgh

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This work is a duplicate of the portrait presented by the artist to the sitter. Born at Lochmaben, Smith received his education at Dumfries Academy and, as First Bursar, entered Edinburgh University where he studied the arts and qualified as a teacher. His interest in botany and zoology led Professor Sir Isaac Bayley Balfour to invite him to join the staff of the Botany Department of Edinburgh University in 1902.

The Royal Society of Edinburgh





oil on canvas


H 100 x W 75 cm

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presented by the artist, 1945

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