George Smith 1756 - 1826

Along with Thomas Hope, George Smith brought the taste for the Neo Egyptian to English furniture design. Napoleon’s Egyptian expedition of 1807 brought new motifs to English furniture as seen initially in the publication in 1807 of Thomas Hopes enormously influential “Household Furniture and Interior Decoration” but also in George Smiths work of 1808 “Collection of Designs for Household Furniture and Interior Decoration”, in which he includes Sphinxes and other strange Egyptian iconography. In drawing liberally on French and classical sources as well as on the designs of Thomas Hope and Thomas Sheraton, George Smith became a leading light in the refined Egyptian style. Combined with his astute business sense and the continued publication of his treatise on interior decoration his work became infinitely popular. This work, much like that of McLean and Channon, is linear and constrained, often in Rosewood and mounted with ormolu.