Edith Agnes Smith

 
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SMITH, Edith Agnes

1867-1954

Born in Halifax, NS, she attended the Victoria School of Art and Design, where she studied with George Harvey; Boston Art Club with Ernest L. Major; The Chelsea School of Art, England with Borough Johnson; with Stanley Royale in Halifax. She was Arthur Lismer's Assistant Secretary when he was principal at the Victoria School of Art and Design (1916-1917). By 1935 she was head of the Art Department of the Halifax Ladies' College where she taught for thirty years. She was considered the leading portrait painter in Halifax. Her brother was also an artist and was known for his illustrations and worked in oils, water colours and etchings. They exhibited together a number of times. They also went on paint trips together, joined by J. E. H. MacDonald. It was Lewis Smith who introduced MacDonald to his future wife, Joan Lavis. A travelling show of the work of Edith and Lewis Smith was organized by the AGNS in 1984.

Colin S. MacDonald

A Dictionary of Canadian Artists, volumes 1-8 by Colin S. MacDonald, and volume 9 (online only), by Anne Newlands and Judith Parker
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