Edgar MacLeod Smith was born in St Albans, Christchurch on 17 June 1875 . The family name was changed from Smith to Lovell-Smith in 1908. In 1883 the family moved to Upper Riccarton, Christchurch. He received his education at Riccarton School and later attended the Canterbury University College of Art.
In the South Kensington examination held in Christchurch in 1907 he received first class passes for model drawing and drawing in light and shade. He also received a second class pass for design - stage one (1). Later in 1907 he was one of the artists who exhibited at the Suter Art Society's Annual Exhibition of Pictures (2).
In July 1907 he left New Zealand to study at art schools in England (3). He travelled via Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide and arrived in England on the German liner "Buelow" (4).
He attended for a short time the Kensington School of Art, Bristol and the Technical School, Balt Court (not found), London.
On his return to New Zealand he was employed as a lithographic artist by Smith and Anthony in Christchurch.
He was a member of the Summit Road Scenic Committee and the Canterbury Pilgrim Association.
CSA Catalogue 1902
192 - Avonhead, Upper Riccarton (Edgar M. Smith)
CSA Catalogue 1903
1903 Working Member - Edgar M. Smith, 201 Hereford Street
89 - Decorative Panel £5 5s 0
CSA Catalogue 1920
87 - E. M.Lovell Smith - King Cobb in Canterbury, 1864. £60
CSA Catalogue 1925
141 - Coaching in the 70's £12 12s
438 - Old Coaching Days on the Mt. Cook Road
CSA Catalogue 1928
104 - Bound for the West Coast £10 10s
CSA Catalogue 1931
21 - Canter and Trot in the Eighties £21
81 - Akaroa, 1910. Loading up for Little River £12 12s
104 - Evening Light, Otira Valley £5 5s
CSA Catalogue 1932
92 - A Broken Trace on the Dunstan Track £5 5s
231 - A Canterbury Coaching Inn £10 10s
CSA Catalogue 1933
179 - Mount Philistine, Otira £21
CSA Catalogue 1939
10 - The Old Seven Mile Peg 15 guineas
New Zealand Army WWI Reserve Rolls, 1916-1917
Edgar Macleod Lovell-Smith
Lithographic Artist, "Ashton," Dyers Pass Road, Christchurch
(1) Star, Issue 8820, 5 January 1907, Page 5
(2) Colonist, Volume XLIX, Issue 11936, 16 May 1907, Page 2
(3) New Zealand Herald, Volume XLIV, Issue 13617, 10 December 1907, Page 3
(4) Dominion, Volume 1, Issue 77, 24 December 1907, Page 11
|Portrait of an unidentified man by Edgar M. Smith dated 30 August 1901|
 Plain Living High Thinking - The Family Story of Jennie and Will Lovell-Smith by Margaret Lovell-Smith, Pedmore Press, 1995.