FLETCHER, Blandford

1858 - 1936

Blandford Fletcher

William Teulon Blandford Fletcher, known as Blandford Fletcher, was born at St Giles, London on 8 November 1858, eldest son and second child of William Fletcher, an upholster, and his wife Eliza. Against his father's wishes, Fletcher studied at South Kensington School of Art 1875-1879, where he won the Silver Medal and the Queen's prize. He then studied at Verlat's Académie Royale in Antwerp until 1882, joining the life classes and made friends with Frank Bramley (1857-1915), Fred Hall (1860-1948) and Walter Osborne (1859-1903), during which time he visited Brittany making the acquaintance of Stanhope Forbes (1857-1947) and his friends and spent time painting at Pont-Aven and Dinan in France, where he met Fred Millard (1857-1937) and Jules Bastian-LePage (1848-1884). He painted and sketched village scenes and well as landscapes, seascapes and portraits and exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1879. After spending a few months of 1885 in Newlyn, working on a single large canvas, before leaving the artists' colony forever and continued to travel including Berkshire and rural Suffolk. In 1891, a 32 year old artist, living at Kersey, Suffolk. He married at St Mary Magdalene Enfield, London on 4 October 1894, Norah Beatrice Emmeline Harris (21 November 1863-27 October 1960) and in 1901 they were living at 2 Richmond Road, Exeter, Devon with daughter Christina Emily [Chaplin] (27 September 1897-17 September 1945). He exhibited extensively including at the Manchester Autumn Art Exhibition in 1895 when his 'Walberswick Ferry' was sold for £20. The Fletcher's continued on their travels to such an extent that they thought of themselves as wandering artists but they were finally to establish homes, firstly at The Willows, Westcott St Westcott, Dorking where their second daughter Rosamund Mary Beatrice (5 August 1908-18 February 1993) was born and, from 1915, at Abingdon, near Oxford. Fletcher died at Northcourt Lodge, Oxford Road, Abingdon on 27 June 1936.

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