October 26, 1813, London, England.
July 6, 1879, London, England.
Hampstead Cemetery, London.
Son of violinist Henry Smart (1778–1823), Smart studied music with his father and W. H. Kearns.
He declined a commission in the Indian army, and had planned to work in law, but gave it up for a musical career. He played the organ at Blackburn Parish Church, Lancashire (1831–36); St. Giles, Cripplegate (1836–38); St. Philip’s, Regent Street (1838–39); St. Luke’s, Old Street (1844–64); and St. Pancras Church (1865–79).
He went blind in 1864, but continued to compose. He was the music editor for Psalms and Hymns for Divine Worship (1867), the Presbyterian Hymnal (1875) and the hymn book of the United Presbyterian Church of Scotland. He was a recognized authority on organs, and drew up specifications for many of the instruments, including those in the City Hall and St. Andrew’s Hall in Glasgow, Scotland, and the Town Hall in Leeds.