Sir Matthew Smith (1879-1959)
In James Bourlet frame, the client being Lenygon & Morant Ltd. Lenygon & Morant were one of the top interior designers of the time, working in both London and New York, clients included Buckingham Palace and Nelson Rockefeller. The drawing was framed in 1959 with the same order number as at least two other works by Matthew Smith.
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 developed a distinctive, fluid style recognisably his own. His achievements were recognised with a retrospective exhibition at the Tate Gallery in 1953 and a knighthood the following year.
- Modern British & 20th Century Art