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Frederic Marlett Bell-Smith, R. C. A. (1846 – 1923, Canadian)

Hector Lake, Kicking Horse Pass, BC

Hector Lake, Kicking Horse Pass, BC

Gift of Mark Cullen, 2021

This immaculately preserved 1887 watercolour painting by Frederick Marlett Bell-Smith, R.C.A. (1846 – 1923, Canadian) is one of the masterpieces from the CPR era of painters, who came west between 1886 – 1914. Bell-Smith was selected for the second year of the CPR’s free pass program which encouraged artists to travel west and capture the beauty of the region as a means of promoting tourism. On that same trip was Montreal photographer William McFarlane Notman (1857-1913, Canadian) who photographed Bell-Smith painting Hector Lake. The painting was also in “Vistas: Artists on the Canadian Pacific Railway”, Glenbow Museum June 20, 2009 to September 20, 2009 and The Reach Gallery Museum of Abbotsford October 21, 2010 to January 9, 2011

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