SMITH, Arthur Reginald

1871 - 1934

A Reginald Smith

Arthur Reginald Smith, was born in Skipton, Yorkshire in 1871, only child of William Smith, a druggist & grocer, and his wife Hannah née Smith, who married at Skipton in 1871. In 1881, a 9 year old living at 63 Keighley Road, Skipton with his parents, 36 year old William and 34 year old Hannah. Arthur studied art at evening classes at Keighley School of Art, and later worked there as a tutor and in 1901 became a student at the Royal College of Art in London, and in 1904 awarded the full diploma from the painting school. He married at Christ Church Skipton in July 1897, Alice Anne Wright. In 1905 he was awarded a scholarship which allowed him to travel to Italy, where he studied for a year and on his return, Augustus Spencer, the College Principal, found him teaching positions at schools in London, and he supplemented this work by running art classes at Leighton House. In 1911, a 39 year old art teacher living at 67 Bertram Road, Hendon, London with his 43 year wife Alice with their three children, Mary Margaret 12, Henry Allan 10, both born at Keighley, Yorkshire and Eleanor Barbara 2, born at Hendon. During the First World War he served in the Artists Rifles Regiment, and after the war returned to Yorkshire, settling at Threshfield, where he lived for the rest of his life. The Wharfedale Group emerged through his relationships with other artists including Reginald Brundrit, Frank Horne, Cutliffe Hyne and Halliwell Sutcliffe. A landscape painter exhibiting work at the Royal Academy, Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolours, being elected a member in 1926, and the Royal Watercolour Society, being elected a member in 1925. He exhibited over 400 works at the Fine Arts Society, having a solo show at the Society in 1914. He also exhibited a watercolour at the Ipswich Fine Art Society in 1923 'The Deserted Gorge'. Commissions included work for private apartments at Marlborough House and at Buckingham Palace also painting a portrait of Lord Lawrence, Viceroy of India. He illustrated Halliwell Sutcliffe’s 'The Striding Dales' (1929) and a reprint edition of W G Collingwood’s 'The Lake Counties' (1932). The artist went missing near the Strid on the River Wharfe, at Bolton Abbey on the 14 September 1934. His body was found eleven days later by a local water diviner, who pointed to a pool fifty yards downstream from where the artist’s easel and painting bag were found and the police dragged the spot and found the artist’s body. His ashes were later scattered in the river he loved to paint). Examples of his work are in the Government Art Collection and 70 of his works were sold at Bonhams in Leeds in 2003, the proceeds going to Giggleswick School. Bradford Museums and Galleries and the Craven Museum at Skipton hold examples of his work.





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