Born in London, England in 1846. Died in Montréal, Quebec in 1923. Frederic Marlett Bell-Smith RCA, the eldest son of miniaturist painter John Bell-Smith, who was his first teacher, took courses at the South Kensington School of Art. His family emigrated to Montréal in 1866 and Frederic joined them the following year. He began working for photographer James Inglis, retouching and colouring photographs. In 1867, he became a member of the Society of Canadian Artists, which was founded by his father in that year. In 1871, he moved to Hamilton and became a member of the Ontario Society of Artists in 1872. In the late 1870s, he began a career in teaching: Ontario School of Art (1877–1878), Alma College in St. Thomas, Ontario (1881–1890 and 1897–1910). His sketches in Quebec of rocky Canadian landscapes and his street scenes of London and Paris were a hit with the public.

Above Lake Louise - circa 1910, oil on canvas. Edmonton Art Gallery
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