Frederick William Smith was born in Birmingham in 1861. After moving to Southampton as a young man he became a clerk in Taggart, Morgan and Coles timber merchants. He prospered with the firm, becoming company secretary in 1896 and managing director in 1906. He became a local councillor and was a member of the Public Libraries Committee. He had a lifelong love of the visual arts and when he died in 1925 he bequeathed a considerable sum of money to Southampton Art Gallery for the purchase of art works.

Further reading:
‘The Frederick William Smith Bequest Fund…..’, by Tim Craven, in Fosmag Magazine, No. 64, p6-8. (HS/lt)


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