LEONARD J. SMITH ART

Leonard John Smith, Artist, Born 20 July 1885 and died 8 April 1957.   A son of John Smith, jeweller, of the firm A & J Smith.  He attended Aberdeen Grammar School from 1890 to 1902 and studied at Gray's School of Art from 1902 where he had a reputation as a fine draughtsman.  classes he attended included history of architecture, antique drawing, mechanics, life drawing and architecture.  He was articled to Kelly & Nicol from about 1902 and after completing his articles, remained with the practice as an assistant until 1907-8.  He was a keen sportsman and played for Aberdeen Grammar Schhol FPs rugby team after leaving school.

Smith emigrated to Canada leaving on 28 May 1910 on the SS Southwark bound for Montreal.  He moved to Toronto and practised there until 1914 when he returned to the United Kingdom to join the 51st Divisional Signal Co, Royal Engineers, commanding the 153rd (Gordon) Brigade Section continuously from May 1915 until severely wounded in March 1918.  He was awarded the MC for gallantry in June 1917.

After the cease of hostilities, he returned to North America and spent a number of years in New York and Toronto where he specialised in ornamental work.  He returned to London in 1923 and produced much 'vivid and amusing work' in black and white, much of which appeared anonymously in newspapers and journals.  He also exhibited watercolours, etchings and drawings in 'silverpoint' in London and on the Continent.  During the First World War and 51st Highland Division adopted him as its official artist and he produced may lively sketches, some of which are now in the National Library of Scotland.

 

He lived at 24, Gladstone Place, Aberdeen, Scotland from 1902.  Smith died in Bexhill, Sussex on 8 April 1957.

 

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