"A Singing Putto," by Thomas Currie Bell
Sketches of Thomas Currie-Bell (1873-1946) September 12 through October 12, 2003
Born in Scotland, Bell trained at the Royal Scottish Academy and became a well known portrait painter to Scottish high society. In 1929 he met Ann Hallock, a native of Southold, while she was on a trip to Europe. Following a brief courtship, the two were married and spent the rest of their lives in Southold, New York. Tom began painting portraits of society in America after his arrival, and continued to work until shortly before his death in 1946.
Bell was undoubtedly at his best when he was drawing. The quality of his sketch work and preparatory drawings, both in chalk and pencil, was outstanding and won him many awards. The majority of this work dates to his earlier years, though he did continue to sketch throughout the rest of his life.
In this exhibition a sampling of Tom's sketches will be placed on public display for the first time in nearly thirty years. This show will be on display at the Currie-Bell House and will run from September 12th through October 12th, 2003.