ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Smith of Covent Garden

(1730-1819)


William "Gentleman" Smith was the son of a London grocer; he entered St. John's College Cambridge as a pensioner in 1747, but was rusticated. Migrating to London, he acted at Covent Garden for twenty-three years, married the sister of a peer, and lived to the age of nearly 90. He is said to have been a handsome man, mightily fond of fox-hunting.


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1760[Untitled. "Erst in Imperial robes did Albion sit."]

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