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Society of Canadian Artists

1867 - ?

The Society of Canadian Artists was founded in 1867 by John Bell-Smith, a portrait painter, shortly after his arrival from England. Bell-Smith was the first President of the society.

Founding members of the group were W.L. Fraser, Otto R. Jacobi, Henry Sandham, A. Vogt, and Bell-Smith's son Frederick Marlett Bell-Smith.

The group only lasted three or four years, according to Macdonald.


1867 First exhibition, Montreal


Painting in Canada - A History, by John Russell Harper
      1966 First edition; 1977 2nd edition; ISBN 0-8020-2271-5 (hardcover)
      Reference to 1867 Montreal exhibition (page 193 in 2nd edition paperback)

      A Dictionary of Canadian Artists, Volume 1, A - F, 5th Ed. Revised & Expanded 1997
      Colin S. Macdonald, Canadian Paperbacks. ISBN 0-919554-21-0
      Bell-Smith biography includes society information.


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