An Irishman who was the architect of the most influential tile in Britain has died.RTE can reveal that John F. Smith died aged 85.
He was the most famous tile designer in the world and was the second man to win the prize for the most outstanding tile in a single country after his great-great-grandfather, James Smith, who was awarded the award in 1890.
Born in Dublin in 1920, he spent his early life in the United States, where he worked on the tile-making business and became an engineer.
He died in his home in Dublin on Thursday.
His wife, Annabelle, died in 2008.
His sons were also instrumental in the development of the tiles, and his daughter, Sarah, was awarded a Royal Warrant in the late 1990s.
Smith had a reputation for the quality of his tiles and his work is admired worldwide.
His designs were so iconic that they were designed to stand in for the iconic UK National Gallery of Art.
Irishman John F Smith with a piece of his famous tile in Ireland’s National Gallery in Dublin.
Source: AP/Press Association IrelandSmith was born in 1884 in Cork.
He graduated from the College of Fine Arts in Glasgow and in 1919, became a professor of tile at the University of Glasgow.
He started working on the tiles in 1922 at the height of the Great Depression, after a career of manufacturing and exporting tile.
He spent two decades working on tiles for the London Palladium, before moving to New York and working for the American tile manufacturer, John Bowers.
He was awarded his first Royal Warrant at the age of 38 in 1936, but the award was cancelled by the Queen.
He went on to win another in 1937 for a tile for the National Gallery.
In his late 40s, he started his own company, which produced his famous tiles, as well as producing a range of products for other companies.
He later sold his company to John Bower, who sold it to the Smiths.
In the 1980s, the family moved to Ireland where Smith established a company to make his tiles, known as Smith Tile.
The company was sold to Bowers in 1997, but it went bankrupt in the early 2000s.
In the years since, Smith’s family has struggled to get the tiles back into service and now he has a second company to sell them to the public.
His son, Sarah Smith, has been involved in the company’s resurgence.
A spokeswoman for Bowers said the family had been in talks with the Irish Government, but no decision had been made.
Smith’s son Sarah says his father’s work is still very much in the public domain.
She said it is very sad news for the family, and it is a shame that it has taken so long for the tiles to be returned to the market.
She added that Sarah had worked for him since the early 1970s and that he had given her the keys to the company and they had had many talks about it.
Smith died in New York on Thursday morning at the end of a year-long illness.