1906 - 1988

Elinor Bellingham Smith

Born in London on 28 December 1906, daughter of Guy Bellingham Smith, surgeon and art collector, and his wife Ellen née Buxton, who married at Lewisham in 1901. In 1911, 4 year old Elinor was living at Fairfield, Birchington, Kent with her parents, 45 year old Guy and 43 year old Ellen and siblings, 9 year old Oliver and 7 year old Joan. She studied at Slade School of Fine Art, London 1929-1931, under Henry Tonks. She married on 26 December 1931, the painter Herbert George Rodrigo Moynihan (1910-1990) CBE RA, whom she divorced in 1960, having one son John Moynihan, born 1932. A landscape artist who spent much of her later years painting the Suffolk countryside and, after her separation from Rodrigo Moynihan in 1957, she settled at 77 High Street, Bildeston, Suffolk. David Sylvester wrote that she was one of those English landscape painters who paint the weather and that she was able to find an equivalent on canvas for her experience of being alone in a flat country under a great canopy of sky. 'The Island' was exhibited at the Festival of Britain exhibition Sixty Paintings for 1951, where it won second prize and also exhibited regularly at The Leicester Galleries. She died at Ipswich on 4 November 1988, aged 81. A retrospective exhibition was held at the Royal Academy in 1990.

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