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Frederic Marlett Bell-Smith OSA RCA(1846-1923)British/Canadian Listed Watercolor

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Frederic Marlett Bell-Smith OSA RCA SCA(1846-1923)British/Canadian Listed Antique Watercolor Landscape

Up for sale is antique original watercolor painting by Canadian artist Frederic Marlett Bell-Smith OSA RCA (1846 –1923). This Atlantic Canada shorescape is titled “Last Rays Bay of Fundy”. The painting is very well executed employing a sophisticated knowledge of light, color and perspective.

The painting insight is measuring about 12” (30 cm) by 6” (15 cm), and the frame is measuring 20”(51 cm) by 14 ½” (37 cm).

It is signed by the artist in the lower right corner, and titled and signed on a handwritten label at the back.

Frederic Marlett Bell-Smith OSA RCA (1846 –1923)

Frederic Marlett Bell-Smith (1846-1923) was born in London, England and died in Toronto, Ontario. His earliest training was under his artist father. He attended the South Kensington School of Art under Alexander Hamilton until his family emigrated to Montreal, Quebec in 1867. Later, he studied in Paris at the Academie Colarossi under Joseph-Paul Blanc, Gustave Courtois, and Edmond-Louis Dupain. The artist arrived in London, Ontario in 1881 where he was appointed Art Director of Alma College (St.Thomas) and, the following year, Drawing Master at Central Public School. In 1888 he moved to Toronto where he was named principal of the western branch of the Toronto Art School. He continued to serve at Alma College until 1901. Bell-Smith was a founding member of the Society of Canadian Artists, the Ontario Society of Artists, and the Western Art League. He was elected an Academician in the Royal Canadian Academy and played important roles in many local and national artistic associations. His work was very popular in his lifetime: he painted portrait, genre, and landscape subjects in both oil and watercolour in the impressionistic, picturesque, and sublime styles of the last century. Bell-Smith also won many international honors in his career. (from For more complete bio, please see the link .

This painting would be a great addition to any collection.

Please don’t confuse our low starting bid or discounted price with the actual value of the piece.

Please note that most of the items we sell are vintage or antique, and therefore they have some imperfections due to age, wear, etc. Anything I consider significant I would mention in the description. I’m describing the items to the best of my knowledge, however please ask any verifying questions or additional photos prior to bidding.

Also note that we deal in fine art, not a framing business. We examine carefully the paintings but the frames we got them in come along in just as complementary “as found“ “just is” condition.


Shipping Details

Buyer pays cost of $39.50 shipping and handling for Continental US, $26.00 in Ontario and Quebec and $39.50 the rest of Canadian provinces.

International shipping would be $169.00 by Air Mail to the most European countries. Please contact us for exact shipping cost to your country.

If you are planning to reframe the painting and therefore don’t need the existing frame, please let us know, so we could un-frame the painting and see if the shipping cost can be reduced.

If purchased outside of Canada, buyer is responsible for any customs and duty fees, should they be assessed, as each country has different import/customs regulations.

We are also trying to be cooperative with our customers in regards to theirs preferences in shipping issues.

We take great care in packing the items to make sure they arrive safely, and all of our items are fully insured. We do everything possible on our part to ensure safe shipping, but we cannot be responsible for the work of the Postal Services and any loss or damage caused by them; however we will assist with insurance claim if needed.

Payment Details

Payment is expected within 7 days after the end of the auction, unless other arrangements have been made.

Canadian residents please add 5% GST or 12-15% HST where applicable.

Canadian buyers are welcome to pay in Canadian funds at ACTUAL exchange rate, so each of us would save 2,5-3,5% on bank's exchange fees. Just let us know that you wish to pay in $C and we will send you an invoice, so you could pay either via PayPal or Interac e-Transfer.

Moreover, when you are paying us in Canadian funds via bank wire-transfer or Interac e-transfer it saves us about 5% on such transaction and we would gladly pass that to you in a form of equal discount.

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