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 Robert Winchester Fraser  (1848 - 1906)

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Lived/Active: United Kingdom/Spain/Scotland      Known for: Landscape painting

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Robert Winchester Fraser (1848-1906)

Born at Findrack, Aberdeen, Scotland on 25 July 1848 and baptised at Lumphanan, Aberdeen on 12 September the same year, son of Dr. Robert Winchester Fraser (1819-1892), an army surgeon, and his wife Mary Ann née Anderson (1820-1898).  Dr. Robert Winchester Fraser settled at Bedford in 1861 and had six other sons and two daughters, many of whom took up painting. 

Other brothers of this painter who are known artists are Francis Arthur Anderson Fraser (1846-1924); Garden William Fraser (1856-1921) (who signed paintings as W.F. Garden); George Gordon Fraser (1859-1895); Arthur Anderson Fraser (1861-1924) and Gilbert Baird Fraser (1865-1947).  His son was another artist named Robert James Winchester Fraser (1872-1930 q.v.) (who signed himself ‘Robert Winter’).

Landscape painter who exhibited at Dudley Gallery, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, Manchester City Art Gallery, Royal Academy 1876-1902, Royal Society of British Artists, Royal Hibernian Academy, Royal Institute of Painters in Water Color and the Royal Scottish Academy from London 1889 and 1889, from Bromley, Kent 1887, Hemingford Grey, Huntingdonshire 1888 and from Mildenhall, Suffolk 1899.  His subjects are mostly views of the south of England and include It was on an April Morning, Honey Hill, Bedford and Near Pickhurst, Kent.  In 1871 living at 47 Ellington Street, Islington, London with his 30 year old wife Emma E, born Cardigan, Bedfordshire and two artist children, Robert James Winchester (1872-1930 q.v.), born Cardigan and Francis George Gordon (1879-1931), born Islington they later moved to Mildenhall, Suffolk.  In his later years he became ‘More fond of the bottle than was good for him’ and he died in Gibraltar in 1906, while on his way to visit a brother in Malaga, Spain. 

A full family tree and other information on this family is given in The Dictionary of British Watercolour Artists up to 1920 by H.L. Mallalieu and an article on the family by Charles Lane appeared in the Watercolours Magazine (Winter 1989).

Information provided by Tony Copsey, author and researcher of artists in Suffolk County, England.


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