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Frederic Marlett Bell-Smith
Morning Campfire Below Castle Mountain

40 x 30in 101.6 x 76.2cm
oil on canvas

Estimate: $30,000 - $50,000 CAD
Sold for:   $56,050 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's Fall 2016 - 4th Session auction on Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Frederic Marlett Bell-Smith
The Chancellor

17 1/2 x 24in 44.4 x 61cm
watercolour on paper

Estimate: $9,000 - $12,000 CAD
Sold for:   $31,625 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's Fine Canadian Art Fall 2005 auction on Thursday, November 24, 2005
Frederic Marlett Bell-Smith
Indian Village, Alert Bay, BC

9 x 17 7/8in 22.9 x 45.4cm
oil on board

Estimate: $3,000 - $4,000 CAD
Sold for:   $29,250 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's January 2013 - 1st Session auction on Thursday, January 31, 2013
Frederic Marlett Bell-Smith
Alert Bay, BC

5 x 6 1/2in 12.7 x 16.5cm
circa 1909
watercolour on paper on card

Estimate: $2,500 - $3,500 CAD
Sold for:   $26,550 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's November 2015 - 5th Session auction on Saturday, November 28, 2015
Frederic Marlett Bell-Smith
The Last Rays

34 x 50in 86.3 x 127cm
circa 1886 - 1887
oil on canvas

Estimate: $10,000 - $12,000 CAD
Sold for:   $26,325 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's November 2008 - Highlights auction on Thursday, November 27, 2008
Frederic Marlett Bell-Smith
Glacier Cascade, Selkirks, BC

18 x 24 1/2in 45.7 x 62.2cm
watercolour on paper

Estimate: $6,000 - $8,000 CAD
Sold for:   $23,000 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's Fine Canadian Art Fall 2007 auction on Friday, November 23, 2007
Frederic Marlett Bell-Smith
Vermilion Lake, Banff, NWT [sic]

18 x 25in 45.7 x 63.5cm
watercolour on paper

Estimate: $6,000 - $8,000 CAD
Sold for:   $20,700 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's Fine Canadian Art Fall 2007 auction on Friday, November 23, 2007
Frederic Marlett Bell-Smith
Morning Campfire Below Castle Mountain

40 x 30in 101.6 x 76.2cm
1908
oil on canvas

Estimate: $20,000 - $25,000 CAD
Sold for:   $19,800 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's auction on Thursday, November 07, 1996
Frederic Marlett Bell-Smith
The Chancellor, Canadian Rockies

17 1/2 x 24 1/2in 44.4 x 62.2cm
circa 1890
watercolour on paper

Estimate: $6,000 - $8,000 CAD
Sold for:   $19,550 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's Fine Canadian Art Fall 2007 auction on Friday, November 23, 2007
Frederic Marlett Bell-Smith
Sunset on Mt. Carrol, Rogers Pass, BC

28 1/2 x 21in 72.4 x 53.3cm
watercolour on paper

Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000 CAD
Sold for:   $18,400 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's Fine Canadian Art Spring 2007 auction on Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Frederic Marlett Bell-Smith

Frederic Marlett Bell-Smith

1846 - 1923
OSA RCA SCA

Frederic Marlett Bell-Smith was a well-known painter who worked with watercolours and oils, painting mountain landscapes and street scenes. Although recognized primarily as an artist, he was also an accomplished teacher, photographer, actor, raconteur and writer.

Bell-Smith was born in London, England in 1846. He trained in the South Kensington School of Art, and with his father, who was a portrait and miniature painter. In 1967, he immigrated to Montreal, where he worked at the photographic studio of James Inglis. While there, he became a founding member of the Society of Canadian Artists. In 1871 Bell-Smith married and relocated to Hamilton, Ontario, where he worked at another photographer’s studio. The couple went back and forth from Hamilton to Toronto so that Bell-Smith could teach at the Ontario School of Art, while at the same time continuing his job and practicing freelance illustration.

In 1881 he moved to London, Ontario, to become director of fine arts at Alma College in St. Thomas. He also made a trip to Paris where he briefly studied at the Académie Colarossi, then returned to Canada, committed to painting in oil. In 1886 he was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts.

In 1888, Bell-Smith moved to Toronto, and was appointed principal of the Toronto Art School. He became a member of the Ontario Society of Artists and was an associate member of the Royal Canadian Academy at its formation. During the 1890s he traveled to Britain, Paris, and the eastern United States. During his 1895 trip to Britain, he painted portraits of Queen Victoria, one of which is in the collection of the National Gallery.

In 1885 Canadian Pacific Railway’s new line to Canada’s west coast was completed, and in 1887, Bell-Smith was given a travel pass by the railway’s president William Van Horne so that he could paint the stunning scenery along the way. This was a pivotal time for Bell-Smith, for as he stated, “One of the dreams of my early manhood was to visit and paint the Rockies, about whose magnificence all travellers raved.” Bell-Smith made numerous trips to the Rockies - in 1888, 1889, 1898, 1899, 1900, 1910 and in 1914 (on the northern route to Yellowhead), and for the last time, in 1918. He reached the West Coast on his 1900 and 1918 trips. Bell-Smith became renowned for the exceptional body of work in watercolour and oil that he produced based on the mountains and coast.

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