Smith, Albert Richard

BORN 24 May 1816, Chertsey, Surrey - DIED 23 May 1860, London: North Edge Lodge, Walham Green, Fulham
CAUSE OF DEATH bronchitis
GRAVE LOCATION London: Brompton Cemetery, Old Brompton Road, West Brompton (R 139,,0 x 4,,3)

Albert Smith was the son of a surgeon. He studied medicine in London and in Paris. He moved away from his medical work to writing and became an early contributor to Punch. His first novel "The Adventures of Mr Ledbury" appeared in Richard Bentley's Miscellany in 1842.

In the same year his first play "Blanche Heriot, or The Chertsey Curfew" was produced at the Surrey theatre. More plays followed and in 1849 he toured in Greece and in the Near East. In 1851 he climbed the Mont Blanc and he published a book about this in 1852. His play "Mont Blanc" was a huge success and he performed it before Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. In 1857 he was a founding member of the Alpine Club.

He married the former actress Mary Lucy Keeley in 1859. The next year he died in Fulham and he was buried in Bromptom Cemetery.


The grave of Albert Smith at Brompton Cemetery, London.
Picture by Androom (19 Aug 2017)


Smith, Sidney

Published: 15 Oct 2017
Last update: 23 May 2021