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Smith, Tony

Joan H. Pachner

in American National Biography Online

Published in print January 1999 |
Published online February 2000 | e-ISBN: 9780198606697 | DOI:

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Smith, Tony (23 September 1912–26 December 1980), sculptor, was born Anthony Peter Smith in South Orange, New Jersey, the son of Peter Anthony Smith, a chairman of the A. P. Smith Company, a waterworks factory, and Josephine McCabe. Afflicted with tuberculosis when he was around four years old, Smith spent his early childhood isolated in a one-room, prefabricated house on his family property. He later attended Fordham College in New York City in spring 1930 and Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., in 1931–1932. Around 1932 Smith operated a used bookstore in Newark, New Jersey. Between 1933 and 1936 he worked for the family business as a toolmaker, draftsman, and purchasing agent. At night he studied drawing and painting at the Art Students League in New York City with European modernists ...

Reference Entry.  1380 words. 

Subjects: Sculpture and Carving

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