Painting of Harvey Morris Switzer by F.M. Bell Smith
- Media Type:
- Item Type:
- Harvey Switzer, Captain and Paymaster in the 20th Halton Battalion, the volunteer militia of Halton County. For more information about Harvey Switzer, his life and family, click on the link under the image in this record.
The artist was Frederic Marlett Bell Smith. The internet sometimes has his surname as "Bell-Smith", even "Bellsmith" but the signature on the painting is "F.M. Bell Smith Pinxt". (The meaning of "pinxt", according to unauthoritative internet sources, means "x painted this".)
Bell Smith was born in London, England in 1846. He emigrated to Montreal in 1867, married Annie Myra Dyde on July 4, 1871 in Montreal. That year, they moved to Hamilton where they lived until 1874. They lived in Toronto for a few years, then in London, Ontario for 7 years and in 1888, back to Toronto where Bell Smith lived until his death in 1923.
He worked mainly in oils and watercolours.
In the background of this painting, you can see an army camp with tents and the soldiers on parade.
- Personal Name(s):
- Harvey Morris Switzer, b.October 19, 1818 in County Limerick, Ireland. Emigrated to Canada with his parents in 1832. Married Martha (Solomon) Switzer. d.October 17, 1886. Martha Solomon, b.March 19, 1817 in Cornwall, England d.January 30, 1887. Both are buried in the cemetery of St. James Cathedral, 635 Parliament St., Toronto, Ontario.
- Local identifier:
- Trafalgar Township Historical Society
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- Recommended Citation:
- Painting of Harvey Morris Switzer by F.M. Bell Smith
Trafalgar Township Historical Society
Trafalgar Township Historical Society Sponsor: Jeff Knoll, Local & Regional Councillor for Oakville Ward 5 – Town of Oakville/Regional Municipality of Halton