Walter Granville Smith (American, 1870-1938) he is known for color illustration, genre, figure, landscape, and coastal scene painting. He studied at the Arts Student League in New York City and in Paris at the Academie Julian. He received awards from the National Academy in 1900, 1908, 1927, 1929 and 1933; a medal at the Charleston Exposition (1902); prizes at the American Water Color Society in 1905 and 1916; the Worcester Art Museum (1906); the Art Institute, Chicago (1907); Buenos Aires Exposition (1910), Salmagundi Club (1911, 1913, 1918, 1922, 1925 and 1928).
In addition to his fine art he also did illustrations for Scribner’s magazine and Harper’s magazine as well as other leading publications. His work is held in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Institution, Butler Art Institute, Toledo Museum (Ohio), Salmagundi Club (NYC), the National Academy of Design (NYC), and the Philadelphia Art Club and elsewhere.
He is renown for his charming genre scenes of young children and women entangled in enjoyable liveliness along the shore, in parks and along city streets. During his lifetime, his realistic, well-painted figures and genres were illustrations for Harper's Magazine, Scribner's and other leading publications of the late 19th century.