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Lot 7: Garden William Fraser (signs as William Fraser Garden) (British, 1856-1921) Holywell Church signed lower mid left

The Michael Knight Collection of Local Pictures

by Cheffins

November 17, 2012

St. Ives, United Kingdom

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Description: Garden William Fraser (signs as William Fraser Garden) (British, 1856-1921)
Holywell Church
signed lower mid left
watercolour
h:28.50 w:39.50 cm

Garden William Fraser was born in 1856, he often signed as "W F Garden". Exhibited under the name of William Fraser Garden.

He was the fourth, and most celebrated, of seven artistic Scottish brothers. The brothers were educated at Bedford School, where they were taught by Bedford schoolmaster, Bradford Rudge (1805-1885) who was a distinguished landscape artist in both oils and watercolours. Rudge exhibited at the Royal Academy, taught at the school and also took private pupils until his death, and both Garden and his brother, George Gordon Fraser, were his star pupils.

William Fraser Garden loved the River Ouse in all its moods, particularly the stretch between Bedford and St Ives. His paintings have an almost photographic quality in both fineness of his work and the tranquillity that he achieves in his landscapes. He painted Britain's oldest inn, The Ferry Boat at Holywell, several times along with other buildings on the course of the Ouse. His brother Arthur Anderson Fraser founded the White Cockade Jacobite Club there.

Garden exhibited at the Royal Academy several times and at the Society of British Arts, the Royal Scottish Academy and the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours, but tragically did not achieve the success in his lifetime that he so longed for, and richly deserved.

His home was The House in the Fields, in the beautiful village of Hemingford Abbbots, Cambridgeshire, until his death in 1921- sadly he died in poverty at the start of the 20th Century.



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