Building Name

F H Smith House, Chyngton Way, Seaford, Sussex

1924 - 1927
Chyngton Way
Sussex, England
F W Smith
New build
Demolished 1970s

The F H Smith house, together with the furniture and gardens, was designed between 1924 and 1927 by J. Henry Sellers for Frank Hindley Smith, a Bolton mill owner and art collector friend of Roger Fry. Designed in a Neo-Georgian style, it was perhaps modern in the general sense of English 1920s houses rather than particularly 'modernist'.

Guided by his friend Roger Fry, Smith gathered an extensive personal collection of British and Continental art. Following his death on 5 October 1939 this collection was bequeathed to various public galleries including the National Gallery, the Tate, the Ashmolean and Fitzwilliam Museums Bolton and Southport art galleries. Manchester acquired six oil paintings and one bronze together with furniture designed by J H Sellers in eighteenth century style. The works left to Bolton had a regional bias, representing local artists such as Edward Stott as well as British artists of national importance such as Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant and two works by Roger Fry himself.

The house was demolished in the 1970s