‘Writer, Illustrator, Solider, Spy? The colourful life of Charles Hamilton Smith’

The Plymouth Athenaeum’s 2019 Winter Lecture series continues with Owen Ryles’ talk ‘Writer, Illustrator, Solider, Spy? The colourful life of Charles Hamilton Smith’ on Thursday, March 7 (2.30pm).

The lecture will delve into the extraordinary life of Lt-Col. Charles Hamilton Smith.

He earned the grudging praise of Napoleon, undertook some of the first experiments in the British military to determine which colours would be most effective in uniforms and was an inspiration in 19th Century costume design to West End impresarios including William Macready at the Drury Lane theatre.

Born in 1776 in what is now Belgium, Hamilton Smith was Honorary President of The Athenaeum when he died in 1859 in Plymouth.

Charles Hamilton Smith

Owen Ryles FRSA is Chief Executive of The Athenaeum and has previously lectured on the connections between Charles Darwin and The Plymouth Athenaeum and Sir William Snow Harris, inventor of a lightning conductors system fitted on the Royal Navy’s ships, the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace.

Lectures are free and open to the public.

If wheelchair access is required please contact The Athenaeum in advance on (01752) 266079 or via email at info@plymouthathenaeum.co.uk