Frederic Marlett Bell-Smith

1846-1923 Painter, watercolourist, illustrator, photographer. Frederic Marlett Bell-Smith, born in London, the son of John Bell-Smith. Studied at the South Kensington Art Schools, London; at Academie Colarossi and with Joseph Blanc, Gustave Courtois, E.-l. Dupain, and Alexander Harrison, Paris(1891-1892). Came to Montreal in 1866 and worked as a photographer. Founding member of the Society of Canadian Artisits, Montreal, 1867. Lived in Montreal, 1867-1871, Hamilton, 1871-1874 and 1879-1881, and Toronto, 1874-1879, making illustrations for newspapers and other periodicals. Taught art in London, Ontario (1881-1888) and Toronto (1882-1890). A.R.C.A. in 1880, R.C.A. in 1886. Was in England in 1895, painting a series of pictures on the subject of death of Sir John Thompson. Studied at the Academie Colarossi, Paris, in 1896. Art director of Alma College, St Thomas, Ontario, 1881-1890 and 1897-1910. Died in Toronto.