FRASER, Robert Winchester

1848 - 1906

Robert Winchester Fraser, was born at Findrack, Aberdeen, Scotland on 25 July and baptised at Lumphanan, Aberdeen on 12 September 1848, one of the seven sons and two daughters of Dr Robert Winchester Fraser (1819-1892), an army surgeon, and his wife Mary Ann née Anderson (1820-1898). In 1861, Dr Robert Fraser settled at Bedford with his children several of whom took up painting; other known artist brothers were 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). A 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 Colour 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’. He married at St Pancras, London in 1877, Emma Elizabeth Purser, who was born at Cardigan, Bedfordshire. In 1881, he was living at 47 Ellington Street, Islington, London with his 30 year old wife Emma Elizabeth, and two children, Robert James Winchester, born Cardigan and Francis George Gordon (1879-1931), born Islington, they later moved to Worlington, Mildenhall, Suffolk. In his later years he became ‘More fond of the bottle than was good for him’. He was of East View, Worlington when he died at the Bristol Hotel, Gibraltar, while on his way to visit a brother in Malaga, Spain, on 13 January 1906. 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).

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