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Date Listed 04-Oct-16
Address Sebringville, ON N0K1X0
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Frederic Marlett Bell-Smith, RCA, O.S.A., (1846 - 1923) born in London, England, immigrated to Canada 1867, and passed away in Toronto, 1923.

Here in Canada he was a well-known painter, working in watercolour and oil. He was a founding member of the Society of Canadian Artists, Montreal in 1867 and was the first Canadian to be granted a personal sitting by Queen Victoria, resulting in 'Queen Victoria' (1895).

He lived and worked and taught in Hamilton, Toronto and London, Ontario and with a free pass from the Canadian Pacific Railway, Bell-Smith painted in the Canadian Rockies. He was awestruck by the mountains and would return to western Canada throughout his remaining years to paint works like 'Mists and Glaciers of the Selkirks' (1911).

“…Our country is ripe for the development of a distinctly Canadian Art, which if intelligently recognized should result in master-works comparable with those of older Lands.”
– Bell-Smith in a 1905 letter to His Excellency the Earl Grey, Governor General of Canada

Bell-Smith was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 1886, and is represented by:

University of Calgary Library
Arts Branch - Alberta Culture and Community Spirit
University of British Columbia - Music, Art and Architecture Library
Vancouver Art Gallery - Library
Winnipeg Art Gallery - Clara Lander Library
Hamilton Public Library - Local History and Archives Department
London Public Library
Library and Archives Canada - Art and Photography Section Library
National Gallery of Canada - Library and Archives / Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography
Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery
Art Gallery of Ontario - Edward P. Taylor Research Library and Archives
Toronto Reference Library

and "A Dictionary of Canadian Artist" with the National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives, record number 1162.

In this painting the crashing waves against the rocks with all their violence are merely a disturbance, a distraction, compared to the icy cold, almost serene ocean beyond, held by an iceberg off in the distance. What I love is the splash of sunlight against the rocks and waves before nightfall, in this moving, amazing landscape where nature is calm, cold and deep, violent and crazy at the same time.

And what a lovely metaphor for the turbulence in life and the perspective beyond.

In antique/vintage condition with fine lines upper left, right and bottom left, ready to hang.

Frame: 11" x 16"
Image: 10" x 15"
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