April 11, 1722, Shipburn, Kent, England.
May 21, 1771, King’s Bench prison, London, England.
Smart was educated at Pembroke Hall, Cambridge (BA 1747), where he won the Seatonian prize for five years (four years in succession). He moved to London in 1753, and gave some attention to literature, but neglecting both his finances and his health, he became poor and insane, and ended up in debtor’s prison.
Smart was a major contributor to two popular magazines and a friend to cultural icons like Samuel Johnson and Henry Fielding. A high church Anglican, he was widely known throughout London. His Poems were published in two volumes in 1771. His other works include:
Smart’s burial place