Artist biography

Edgar Rowley SMART 1887–1934

Painter in oil and watercolour of landscapes and urban scenes. Born 26 January 1887 in Cheetham Hill, Manchester. Studied at Manchester School of Art 1901–3, in Liverpool 1903–6 under F. V. Burridge, and was influenced by the work of Augustus John; Manchester Academy of Fine Art 1906–7; then École des Beaux-Arts, Paris. First exhibition with Bertram Nicholls at 48 Grosvenor Chambers, Deansgate, Manchester, 1908. Member of the Sandon Society, Liverpool, 1907, and founder of the Society of Modern Painters, Manchester, 1912. Served in France 1914–19, which undermined his health. Stayed with Augustus John in Dorset; later lived mostly in France. Visited Cornwall and Sweden for his health. Retrospective exhibition at Manchester 1933. Died 9 August 1934 at Longnor, Staffordshire.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II