On back: dealer's label: 'Walter Carter. Harrods Ltd. 273 Southport.; pencil on label: 'Interior of a Church 41 A Hervier.'; pencil on label: '21 Interieur de l'Eglise.
Frank Hindley Smith (d. 1939) was a mill owner in Darcy Lever. He formed an important collection of modern art in the early 20th century due to his relationship with key members of the Bloomsbury group, including Richard Fry, Vanessa Bell, Maynard Keynes, and Segonzac. The extent of the collection can be seen in the number of institutions that benefited from it, including the Tate, the National Gallery, the Ashmolean at Oxford, the Fitzwilliam at Cambridge, the British Museum, Manchester City Art Gallery, the Whitworth Art Gallery, art galleries at Peterborough, Norwich, Exeter, and, of course, Bolton.