1906 - 1988

Elinor Bellingham Smith

Elinor Bellingham Smith was born in London on 28 December 1906, daughter of Guy Bellingham Smith, surgeon and art collector, and his wife Ellen née Buxton, who married at Lewisham in 1901. In 1911, 4 year old Elinor was living at Fairfield, Birchington, Kent with her parents, 45 year old Guy and 43 year old Ellen and siblings, 9 year old Oliver and 7 year old Joan. Elinor studied at Slade School of Fine Art, London 1929-1931, under Henry Tonks (1862-1937). She married on 26 December 1931, the painter Herbert George Rodrigo Moynihan (1910-1990) CBE, RA, whom she divorced in 1960, having one son John Moynihan, born in 1932. A landscape artist who spent much of her later years painting the Suffolk countryside and, after her separation from Rodrigo Moynihan in 1957, she settled at 77 High Street, Bildeston, Suffolk. Art critic David Sylvester (1924-2001) 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 at the Festival of Britain exhibition Sixty Paintings for 1951, where it won second prize and also exhibited regularly at The Leicester Galleries. Elinor Bellingham Smith died at Ipswich on 4 November 1988, aged 81. A retrospective exhibition of Elinor and Rodrigo's paintings, was held at the Royal Academy in 1990 with paintings from the collection of their son, John Moynihan who was a journalist.

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