The self-taught artist, William Wadsworth Smith, was born in Keighley in 1925.
From an early age, William had a strong interest in painting. This interest was curtailed when William was conscripted during World War Two into the Royal Air Force, to serve as a wireless operator in bomber aircraft. After the war, he was sent to Northern Ireland, where he trained as an anti-tank gunner. He was later transferred from the RAF into the British Army, promoted to sergeant, and was sent to India, stationed in what was then Calcutta and Bombay. During his service in India, William began to paint seriously again, and this continued after he left the army in 1948.
He taught art at Keighley College, as well as working as a freelance artist, displaying his work in his own gallery at Haworth. His work has been exhibited at group art shows across the UK and in October 2016, aged 91, he had first solo exhibition at the Central Hall, Keighley.
His watercolour and oil paintings span a wide range of subjects, including still life, landscape, local scenes and buildings, nature, and abstract work; the latter influenced by the works of Picasso and other 20th century modernist painters.