William Smith

William Smith, Scottish, HRSW (1870-1941)
The Milkmaid, Pont Aven, watercolor, signed/inscribed, original frame with Aberdeen gallery label.

Larger image available upon request.

Painting and frame is in excellent condition with just some tiny spots of missing gesso from the frame. Purchased c. 1975 from an antique shop near Edinburgh and has hung contiuously since.

William Smith was born 1870 in the Old Machar district of Aberdeen. He was the son of Aberdonian parents William Smith, printer/compositor, and his wife Mary Ann Duncan.

William is first recorded in the 1871 British Census living in Old Machar, He is again recorded in 1881, living with his family at 24 Rose Street, Old Machar where he lived until sometime before 1891 when he is no longer listed with his family in the Census.

In 1901, William, aged 32, is listed as “Artist” and living in the family home at 21, Brighton Place (the home appears to have been extended) where he remained until sometime after 1911. He never married and died March 10, 1941, age 72, at 5 Albyn Place, Aberdeen.

William Smith was a painter in oil and watercolor and achieved significant success as a regional artist. As can be seen by the images on this page, he was a gifted, and no doubt well trained professional artist. Although most of his work was in Scotland, he did paint in France as the watercolor offered here attests. He may have travelled to Serbia as his drawings were used in the newspapers of the day to describe events in that country. He also severed as a clerk for the Scottish Women’s Hospitals.

Also by this artist:

Walking the dog, 1906 – Oil on canvas
Aberdeen Harbour – Oil on canvas
Homewards – Oil on canvas
Image credit: Aberdeenshire Museums Service
The Little Court – Oil on board
Image credit: Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums
At the Top of the Hill – Oil on canvas
Image credit: Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums
Lochnagar, Grampians – Oil on canvas
Image credit: Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums


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