Biographical information can be found here and here.
One problem with newspaper illustration -- especially when papers were printed using letterpress on newsprint -- is the poor quality of reproduction. That could easily degrade the appearance of an artist's work. Some of Smith's illustrations were printed using color, and newspaper color was pretty crude 80 or 130 years ago. Images below include a few comparisons of color and non-color for the same artwork: click on them and others to enlarge.
That's not the queen in his color illustration.
One of a series.
Examples of artwork before color might have been added.
As it appeared in print.
Much better here.
Example of non-newspaper illustration.
Lady and Tiger
Another example. Smith seems to have enjoyed illustrating lovely, partly-clad women.