Coming right up to date, the exhibition features new work by Rosalind Smith’s son, Benjamin Smith. Ben trained as a solicitor, temporarily taking over the Lansdown office of Robert Smith & Co following his father’s sudden death in 2012. Beginning his own artistic journey as a student at Marling School and inspired by his forebears, Ben has spent several years studying the techniques of classical drawing and oil painting. Tracing his artistic lineage through his grandfather to the great academies of Europe, Ben draws his own artistic inspiration from artists such as Velazquez, Van Dyck, Rubens, and Sargent. Works on display include beautiful renderings in charcoal from classical sculpture and still life paintings in oils.
“Family Perspectives”is a fascinating insight into the artistic vision of one family, stretching back almost a century. It is open to the public at Lansdown Gallery and runs from 14th October to 25th. Admission is free.