Robert MacDonald Fraser (1870-1947)
‘Landscape with Footbridge’
Oil on canvas
20″ x 24″ (50.5 x 61cm)
Though of Scottish descent, an Englishman who was born, lived and died in and around Liverpool. He is believed to have become interested in painting during his secondary school years at the Liverpool Institute and Art School (where the principal was the distinguished landscape artist John Finnie), however his early career was in commerce. By the age of thirty he was well established in Liverpool’s art circles but it was to be another decade before he took to painting full time. Between 1910 and 1938 he showed approximately fifty paintings at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool, also having seven paintings accepted for the Royal Academy’s summer exhibitions. He additionally exhibited at the Manchester Art Gallery, Liverpool Bluecoat and Royal Cambrian Academy, becoming – in 1929 – Vice President of the Liverpool ‘Artists’ Club.’
He mostly painted the landscapes of North Wales and the North West of England. His family owned holiday cottages in North Wales, and Snowdonia provided him with much inspiration, it is believed that this painting is of a Snowdonia scene.
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