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Sir Matthew Arnold Bracy Smith (1879-1959), Painter

Sitter in 6 portraits
Artist of 4 portraits
Painter of nudes, landscapes and still-life. Smith was born into an affluent family in Halifax, and was expected to join the family business manufacturing wire. He chose instead to study design at the Municipal School of Technology, Manchester. From 1905, Smith attended the Slade School of Fine Art in London, one of the most progressive art schools of the day, and from 1910 he studied in Paris. Although Smith spent much of his life in France, where his work was influenced by Matisse and the post-Impressionists, he evolved a distinctive, vigorous style recognisably his own. His achievements were recognised with a retrospective exhibition at the Tate Gallery in 1953 and a knighthood the following year.

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Sir Matthew Arnold Bracy Smith

by Sir Matthew Arnold Bracy Smith
oil on canvas, 1932
NPG 4190

L255

Roald Dahl

by Sir Matthew Arnold Bracy Smith
oil on canvas, circa 1944
NPG L255

L252

Jean Simmons

by Sir Matthew Arnold Bracy Smith
oil on canvas, 1946
NPG L252

6951

Angelica Vanessa Garnett (née Bell)

by Sir Matthew Arnold Bracy Smith
oil on canvas, circa 1957
NPG 6951