Smythe, Edward Robert (1810-1899)

Smythe, Edward Robert (1810-1899)

Edward Robert Smythe was an industrious Victorian artist primarily known for his charming interpretations of the British rural idyll. Equally adept at animal painting, his repertoire covered a range of popular countryside pursuits. He’s considered to be a peripheral figure of the Norwich School of artists and worked in the circle of John Sell Cotman (1782-1842).

Several works were shown at the Royal Academy and the British Institution. And an oil painting titled ‘The Charge of Balaclava’ is currently at Windsor Castle having been bequeathed to Queen Victoria.

Edward was the brother of painter, Emma Smythe (1819-1877).


Born in Ipswich, England. Son of accountant James Smyth (1780-1863) and Sarah Harriet nee Skitter (1783-1845).


Elected a member of the Ipswich Society of Professional and Amateur Artists.

Probably working under Henry Davy.

c. 1840

Moved to Norwich to study with the Norwich School of Painters.

c. 1845

Returned to Ipswich.


Married Ellen Burman (1827-1879) of Ipswich.


Exhibited at the Suffolk Fine Arts Association.


Exhibited at the Royal Academy.


Moved to Bury St Edmunds.

c. 1875

Edward Robert Smythe


Exhibited at the Ipswich Fine Art Club.


Exhibited at the Woodbridge Art Exhibition.


Died. Ipswich.

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