Tuesday, 11 September 2012

THE SKETCHBOOKS OF WILLIAM SMITH: day 3

During World War II and in the years that followed, William A. Smith traveled throughout the Far East.  Everywhere he went, he took his sketchbook.

The result was an extraordinary collection of insightful drawings from China, Japan, Burma and other countries.  Here is a small sampling:






Smith sketched local clothing and rituals, making a careful record of the features that interested him:




Smith made several drawings of this puppeteer.  Smith was so intrigued by the puppets that he brought a set back to the U.S.  According to tradition, the puppeteer must place hoods over their heads at night to keep the puppets from seeing. 






Smith's sketchbooks, overflowing with drawings such as these, contain a marvelous record of his Asian travels.