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Leonard Smelt (bap. 1725, d. 1800) by Sir Joshua Reynolds, 1755 private collection. Photograph: Photographic Survey, Courtauld Institute of Art, London


Smelt, Leonard (bap. 1725, d. 1800), military engineer and courtier, was baptized at Kirkby Fleetham, Yorkshire, on 2 May 1725, the son of William Smelt (1691–1755) of Leases, MP for Northallerton from 1740 to 1745 and afterwards 'receiver of His Majesty's casual revenue on the island of ...