Both galleries at the Smith Art Gallery in Brighouse will showcase highlights of the art collection of William and Susannah Smith, along with information about the Smiths, their art collecting and philanthropy
Alderman William Smith (1839-1922), who was Mayor of Brighouse from 1893-1895 and 1904-1907, and his wife Susannah (1838-1916) began collecting paintings in the 1870s from exhibitions around the UK. These paintings were representative of the time, with the late Victorian period focussing mainly on well-executed portraits, landscapes, and vignettes. The couple bequeathed their collection, and the Smith Art Gallery, to the people of Brighouse in 1907.
The collection is looked after by Calderdale Museums Service and has been displayed and stored at Smith Art Gallery and other museum sites since 1974 when the collection came under the remit of Calderdale Council.
The exhibition will be open when the Brighouse Library is open:
Monday: 10am – 6.30pm
Tuesday 10am – 5pm
Thursday: 10am – 5pm
Friday: 10am – 6.30pm
Saturday: 10am – 4pm