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Arthur Reginald Smith ARA RSW RWS (1871-1934)


Arthur Reginald Smith, ARA RSW RWS (1871-1934)

Though most associated with his fresh and silvery watercolours of his native Yorkshire and, more generally, of northern England, Arthur Reginald Smith also captured the warmth of Italy.

Arthur Reginald Smith was born in Skipton-in-Craven, Yorkshire, and grew up in Threshfield. From an early age, he wanted to become an artist. However, he was educated at a County Congregational school which devoted little time to drawing, and was discouraged from his artistic ambitions by his parents. Becoming an elementary teacher, at their insistence, he studied art in evening classes at Keighley School of Art and spent his holidays in sketching.

Once his artistic talents were properly recognised, he gained a place in the Painting School of the Royal College of Art (1901-4), and was awarded a travel scholarship which enabled him to travel to Italy (1906). Augustus Spencer, the College Principal, then found him teaching positions at schools in London, and he supplemented this work by running art classes at Leighton House.

He exhibited at such leading London venues as the Royal Academy, the Royal Institute of Painters in Water-Colours, and also in the provinces and abroad.

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