The Island

1951

Bellingham Smith, Elinor
Elinor Bellingham Smith came from a long line of East Anglian landscape painters. She spent much of her later years painting the Suffolk countryside and, after her separation from Rodrigo Moynihan in 1957, she settled there permanently. Like her contemporary Mary Potter, her work has a delicate touch and tonal sensitivity. David Sylvester wrote that 'she was one of those English landscape painters who paint the weather' and that she was able to 'find an equivalent on canvas for her experience of being alone in a flat country under a great canopy of sky.' 'The Island' was exhibited in the Festival of Britain exhibition 'Sixty Paintings for '51', where it won second prize.
  • Artwork Details: 142.2 x 182.9cm
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  • Material description: oil on canvas
  • Credit line: © the artist's estate
  • Theme: Figurative
  • Medium: Painting
  • Accession number: AC 195

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