Description: Fireside reflections
signed and dated 'Carlton A. Smith 1906' (lower right)
pencil and watercolour heightened with touches of bodycolour
20 x 13 7/8 in. (51 x 35.3 cm.)
Artist or Maker: Carlton Alfred Smith (1853-1946)
Literature: The Lyle Official Arts Review, 1985, p. 504, illustrated.
Provenance: Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 19 July 1983, lot 159.
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Carlton Alfred Smith, one of the most technically accomplished Victorian watercolourists, established his reputation painting genre and cottage interiors. With Charles Edward Wilson (fl. 1890-1930), with whom he shared models and a studio in London, he moved to join the artistic community founded by Myles Birlet Foster (1825-1899) and Helen Allingham (1848-1926) in the villages surrounding Witley in Surrey. He exhibited at the Royal Academy, the Royal Society of British Artists and the Royal Society of Painters in Watercolour, where in 1890 he exhibited a painting with the same title as the present lot, indicating his preference for this subject.
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