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American, 19th – 20th century, male.

Born 1879.

Sculptor (including wood/stone), ceramicist.

John Henry Smith was self-taught. His work seems to have been in circulation during the first exhibitions of African-American artists in the USA, which were held in the 1940s. Like other black artists of the time, such as Beauford Delaney and Palmer Hayden, he worked as a janitor. Little else is known of his life, and even the date of his death is unknown....