Ballachulish Quarries

John Guthrie Spence Smith

DETAILS
  • Artist

    John Guthrie Spence Smith

  • Date

    Unknown

  • Medium

    Oil on canvas

  • Object number

    862

  • Dimensions unframed

    87.6 × 100.3 cm

  • Place depicted

    Ballachulish (2656569)

  • Marks

    Signed bottom right

  • Subject

    Landscape

  • Copyright

    Ⓒ The Copyright Holder

ARTIST PROFILE

John Guthrie Spence Smith, 1880-1951

Known to his artist friends as "Dummy Smith" because he was struck deaf and dumb after a serious illness in infancy, Spence Smith was born in Perth. He studied at Edinburgh School of Art and at the Royal Scottish Academy's Life Class, where Robert Burns and Charles Hodge Mackie were important influences. D.M. Sutherland was a fellow student. Both exhibited at the Edinburgh Group's early exhibitions in 1912 and 1913 and at the re-formed group's three exhibitions in 1919-21. Spence Smith exhibited regularly throughout his career at the Royal Scottish Academy and the Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts. He painted mostly landscapes and townscapes. Apart from two visits with his mother in 1911 and 1912 to northern France, based in Étaples, then a favourite painting ground of the Colourists, he spent all his life in Scotland.