Robert Borlase Smart
Painter in oil and watercolour of landscapes and seascapes, also an etcher and poster designer. Borlase Smart was born on 11th February 1881 at Kingsbridge in South Devon. He studied at the Plymouth School of Art and at the Royal College of Art, then privately under Julius Olsson at St Ives, Cornwall. He was the art critic of the Western Morning News for ten years from 1903 and while in the army in World War 1 he produced drawings on the Western Front. In 1919 he joined the art colony at St Ives with which he remained closely associated. He exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy, Royal Society of British Artists, Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Fine Art Society, Paris Salon and elsewhere. One man exhibitions have been held at the Penwith Gallery, St Ives and the City Art Gallery, Plymouth. He was elected a Member of the Royal Society of British Artists in 1919, the Royal Institute of Oil Painters in 1921 and was also a member of other distinguished exhibition societies. His work is represented in several public collections.