William Gillette and Pamela Colman Smith
William Hooker Gillette (July 24, 1853 - April 29, 1937) was an American actor, playwright and stage-manager in the United States in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He is best remembered today for playing the Arthur Conan Doyle character, Sherlock Holmes.
Gillette also made substantial contributions to the theater as a dramatist with realistic stage settings and special sound and lighting effects. He was the first American playwright whose wholly American works, based on American themes, were welcomed and appreciated in England as well as in America.
The following information from the same book, as cited above, pertains to Lydia Lewis Hooker, the wife of Cyrus Porter Smith; Lydia and Cyrus were the parents of Charles Edward Smith, Pixie Smith's father:
1357 Lydia Lewis Hooker [Bryan (6), Asahel (5), Hezekiah (4), John (3), Samuel (2), Thomas (1)], daughter of Bryan and second wife, Nancy (Lee) (Fuller) Hooker, of Bristol, Conn., b. Aug. 8, 1805, at Bristol, Conn.; m. Sept. 6, 1826, Cyrus Porter Smith, son of Edward and Hannah (Chandler) Smith, of Hanover, N. H. He was a merchant and manufacturer at Brooklyn, N. Y., and became the first elected Mayor of the city. He died at Brooklyn, N. Y., Feb. 13, 1877. She died at Brooklyn, N. Y., April 29, 1877.
Children of Cyrus Porter Smith and Lydia Lewis Hooker:
2629 Helen Louisa, b. Brooklyn, N. Y., Aug. 20, 1827; d. Brooklyn, N. Y., Oct. 27, 1828.
2630 Bryan Hooker, b. Brooklyn, N. Y., Jan. 29, 1829.
2631 Cyrus Augustus, b. Brooklyn, N. Y., Nov. 12, 1830.
2632 Edward Noah, b. Brooklyn, N. Y., Oct . 18, 1832; d. Brooklyn, N. Y., Aug. 30, 1843.
2633 Theodore Eanes, b. Brooklyn, N. Y., Aug. 11, 1835.
2634 Chandler Perry, b. Brooklyn, N. Y., July 31, 1838; d. Brooklyn, N. Y., Jan. 20, 1841.
2635 Ellen Louisa, b. Brooklyn, N. Y., Feb. 10, 1841.
2636 William Chandler, b. Brooklyn, N. Y., May 17, 1843.
2637 Charles Edward, b. Brooklyn, N. Y., May 27, 1846.
The above information, indicates that Pamela's grandmother, Lydia Lewis Hooker shared three common ancestors with William Gillette's mother Elisabeth Daggett Hooker, viz., the Reverend Thomas Hooker (1586-1647), the immigrant ancestor of the Hooker family; the Reverend Samuel Hooker (1633-1697); and the Honorable John Hooker (1665-1746), judge of the Supreme Court of Massachusetts Colony from 1724-1732.
The above cited book also briefly mentions Charles Edward Smith as follows
2637 Charles Edward Smith [Lydia (7), Bryan (6), Asahel (5), Hezekiah (4), John (3), Samuel (2), Thomas (1)], son of Cyrus Porter and Lydia Lewis (Hooker) Smith, of Brooklyn, N. Y., b. May 27, 1846, at Brooklyn, N. Y.; m. Sept. 28, 1870, Corinne Colman, daughter of Samuel and Pamelia* (Chandler) Colman. He died at New York, Dec. 1, 1899.
Child of Charles Edward Smith and Corinne Colman:
4208 Corinne Pamelia*, b. Feb. 16, 1878.
* Note that the name "Parmelia" is essentially interchangeable with the name "Pamela"
In 1900, Pamela Colman Smith provided the illustrations for a William Gillette souvenir book. However, I am not aware of any other art commissions that she might have received from him. However, it is known that Gillette collected several examples of her works painted in gouache; they are prominently on display in the permanent collection at his castle (see photo at the top of this page) in East Haddam, Connecticut.
References: 1) Stuart R. Kaplan, The Artwork and Times of Pamela Colman Smith (2009), pages 5-6.
2) Edward Hooker, The Descendants of Rev. Thomas Hooker, Hartford, Connecticut, 1586-1908 (1909).