A Victorian oak artist’s studio easel, , bearing an ivorine label ‘J. Bryce Smith, 117 Hampstead road London, of typical form incorporating adjustable rests on a trestle base,
J. Bryce Smith At 117 Hampstead Road, London
The son of John and Ann Smith, John Bryce Smith (1850-1931) was born 24 March 1850 and christened at the Old Church, St Pancras (IGI). His father was listed at 117 Hampstead Road as a brush manufacturer by 1867 and also as an artists’ colourman by 1881; these premises had previously been occupied by another brushmaker. It was subsequently claimed that the business had been established in 1848 (J. Bryce Smith Ltd, Catalogue of Artists’ Materials, early 1950s).
Height 92 Inches
Width 25.5 Inches
Depth 27 Inches