Our very first Museum Highlight in 2017 linked well with our 87th Annual Exhibition "Henley Hooray!"and celebrated our close links with Henley-on-Thames. [Highlighted: Mar 2017]
Our first choice links well with our 87th Annual Exhibition "Hooray Henley!" and celebrates our close links with Henley-on-Thames. This work was exhibited at the RGA 36th Annual Exhibition at the Museum and Art Gallery Reading 7th May – 28th May 1966.
This was the first year Reginald Smith exhibited with the RGA so we can only imagine his feelings of having one of his works bought by the Museum for their collection. A landscape painter Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire was one of 4 works he exhibited in this year, two oils and two watercolours, the others all being scenes of Kettlewell in Yorkshire.
Reg Smith was a professional artist and notable exhibitor in the 1970s. He served on the RGA Council for several years, seemingly greatly involved with the RGA's social activities, as well a designing covers for two of the Exhibition catalogues.
He exhibited for the last time in 1979, when it was later reported "the very sudden and totally unexpected passing of one of [our] most active and best loved practitioners".