© the artist's estate. Photo credit: Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums
Painter and illustrator, born in London, daughter of the surgeon and art collector Guy Bellingham Smith and niece of the painter Hugh Bellingham Smith. Married the painter Rodrigo Moynihan in 1931, separating from him in 1957. Studied piano and dancing to advanced level, but eventually opted for painting, attending Slade School of Fine Art, 1928–31, where Henry Tonks regarded her highly. In 1930s she showed at LG and Leicester Galleries, having her first one-man show there in 1948, and also completed drawings and illustrations for Shell and Harper’s Bazaar.
Her painting The Island, done for the Festival of Britain in 1951, went into the Arts Council collection; the Tate Gallery and provincial collections also hold her work. Finally lived in Boxford, Suffolk, and died in Ipswich. Bellingham Smith was noted for her sensitive pictures of figures in landscape, notably in her later years landscapes of East Anglia and the Fens. Memorial exhibition New Grafton Gallery in 1989, solo show at Chappel Galleries, Chappel, 2001. Restless Lives: The Bohemian World of Rodrigo and Elinor Moynihan, by their sports journalist son John, was published by Sansom & Company in 2002.
Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)