Canadian by birth, Mary Bell studied in Montreal with Robert Harris, and subsequently in New York at the Art Students League with William Merritt Chase, and at the Academie Colarossi in Montparnesse, Paris (1891).
She had arrived in St Ives in 1893 from Ontario, having been for a brief period a member of the staff of the Victoria School of Art in Montreal (1892). In St Ives she met her future husband, Charles Herbert EASTLAKE. As Miss M A Bell, she painted from Tregenna Terrace in 1896 and maintained a studio in Regent's Park. The couple designed and made enamels for jewellery, and travelled extensively on the Continent.
In 1911 the couple were painting from a studio in Chelsea, London. During this period they lived in Warwick Square, London and later at 'Hollywood' in Croydon. By 1939 they had returned to Montreal, and shortly thereafter to Ontario. She died in Ottawa in 1951.
She exhibited regularly at the RA. Her studies of Dutch child-life had a great success in England and America.
Portrait, figure and landscape painter; craft worker (jewellery-making)
works and access
Access to work: National Gallery of Canada
PS; RBA; ROI
London Notts Castle (3)
Art Association of Montreal 1888-1943
Ontario Society of Artists 1892
Royal Canadian Academy 1887-1943
Art Gallery of Toronto, Ontario (Solo show) 1927
Boston Water-Colour Society
Pastel Society of London
Royal Canadian Academy ARCA 1893 (resigning after her marriage)
Women's International Art Club
Benezit (under Eastlake)
Canadian Women Artists History Initiative (online, with full & extensive bibliography, giving File & Archive locations)
Hardie (2009) Artists in Newlyn and West Cornwall (p323)
Johnson & Greutzner (1975) Dictionary of British Artists (under Eastlake)
Notts Castle Exhibition catalogue (repr Hardie 2009)
Tovey (2009) St Ives: Social History (under Bell)
Whybrow (1994) St Ives (1883-1900 painters list, p 210)
Wood (1995) Victorian Painters (under Bell)
The Year's Art 1894, 1896