ARTHUR REGINALD SMITH
Arthur Reginald Smith was born in Skipton, Yorkshire and lived in Threshfield with his family. He initially studied at a Count Congregational School, which dedicated little time to drawing, although by an early age it was clear that he wanted to become an artist. His parents, a little wary of his preferred occupation insisted that he should become a teacher in elementary subjects, although he continued to study art at evening classes and sketched untiringly during his holidays. By the age of nineteen Arthur Reginald Smith was studying at the Keighley School. His artistic talents were soon recognised, and rewarded with his working appointment within the school. The continuing college course incorporated 3 years of training, where his unmatched skills were rewarded by a travelling scholarship in Italy, guaranteeing that employment would follow.