by Scholes, Robert
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Lionel Percy Smythe (1840 - 1918)
He was a careful painter of landscape and maritime scenes. The image below of A Thick Night Off the Goodwins was based on studies in the cabin of a schooner moored at the Surrey Commercial Docks. A sloping platform was constructed in the back parlour of the family's house in Gloucester Crescent near Regent's Park. Smythe was assisted in this work by his step-brother, William Lionel Wyllie. The Goodwin Sands are a series of treacherous shoals and sandbars off the east coast of Kent.