Welcome to Finchley Gallery, a selection of paintings by Paul Smyth, founder of the Finchley Art Society.
On display are 280 pictures Paul Smyth painted during his lifetime (1883 to 1963). They include scenes from London, Oxford, Canvey Island, Rural England, Wales, France, Holland, Gibraltar and Egypt.
Paul Smyth was wounded during World War One. On return to England he spent 9 months at Netley Hospital near Southampton. He remained there until May 1918.
This website is a tribute by his two grand daughters, Barbara and Sue, to a very remarkable grandfather.
If you own a picture by Paul Smyth and would like to put it on the website for others to enjoy, please send us a digital copy (jpeg, gif or png file). We will give credit to the owner in the caption beneath the photo.
All paintings with the exception of FG016, FG078, FG079, FG073, FG118, FG151 are watercolours.
All cards are £1.50 each. 1 – 5 cards = £1.50 for postage and packing.
10 – 15 cards = £2 for postage and packing.
Copies are available of most of the pictures on this site.
A4 size prints are £6 plus postage and packing. A3 prints are £12 plus postage and packing.
Please contact us if there is a picture you are interested in, and we will be pleased to help you.
Paul was born and grew up in Highgate, London. He started painting when he was 7 years old. By the time he was 65 years old he had painted 4000 pictures.
In 1913 he had a picture hung in the Royal Academy a the 145th exhibition. Throughout his career as a teacher and after he retired, he continued to paint until his death in 1963. In 1949 he founded the Finchley Art Society which still meets twice weekly and encourages the talent of local artists.
Most of the paintings had been in a loft for over 40 years, and quite a few needed cleaning and some restoration.
Michael Gentry a picture framer and restorer based in Church Lane, East Finchley, did a good job in making many look as good as when they were first painted.
Cannon Street Station
Lots Road Wharf Chelsea 1902
The Vale of Health Hampstead
Townsend Yard Highgate
St Joseph’s Highgate Hill
The Angel Inn Highgate
Richmond Bridge 1936
Torrington Park North Finchley
Friary Park North Finchley
The Treadmill Harwich
Thaxted Guildhall 1950
Dunmow Essex, The Doctor’s Pond
Magdalen Bridge Oxford 1941
Hertford College Bridge 1941
St Aldate’s Oxford 1941
Holywell Oxford 1941
Iffley Oxford 1940
The Radcliffe Camera Oxford 1941
The Long Road Canvey Island 1913
“The Jellicoe” Canvey Island
Bolton Abbey 1935
Canterbury Cathedral from The Close
Aylesford Bridge Kent 1928
“The Old Bay Cottage” Birchington Kent
Rye Kent 1928
Bishops Stortford Herts
Church Street Alton Hants
Bembridge Isle of Wight
Blakes Cottage Felpham
The Citadel Cairo 1915
Caudebec en Seine France
Ponte Vechio Florence Italy 1928