Historic Artist Frederic M. Bell-Smith, R.C.A., O.S.A., 1880's

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Sebringville, ON N0K1X0(View Map)
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Frederic Marlett Bell-Smith, RCA, O.S.A., (1846 - 1923) born in London, England, his earliest training was under his artist father. He attended the South Kensington School of Art under Alexander Hamilton until his family emigrated to Montreal, Quebec in 1867.

Later, he studied in Paris at the Academie Colarossi under Joseph-Paul Blanc, Gustave Courtois, and Edmond-Louis Dupain.

The artist arrived in London, Ontario in 1881 where he was appointed Art Director of Alma College (St.Thomas) and, the following year, Drawing Master at Central Public School.

In 1888 he moved to Toronto where he was named principal of the western branch of the Toronto Art School. He continued to serve at Alma College until 1901.

Bell-Smith was a founding member of the Society of Canadian Artists, the Ontario Society of Artists, and the Western Art League. He was elected an Academician in the Royal Canadian Academy and played important roles in many local and national artistic associations.

His work was very popular in his lifetime: he painted portrait, genre, and landscape subjects in both oil and watercolour in the impressionistic, picturesque, and sublime styles of the last century.

“…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. (15 years before the Group of Seven).

He 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

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

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

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