Robert Winchester Fraser came from a large family of painters. He was the son of army surgeon Dr Robert Winchester Fraser who settled in Bedford in 1861 and had six other sons and two daughters, many of whom took up painting. So other brothers of this painter who are known artists are Francis Arthur Anderson Fraser, Garden William Fraser (who signed paintings as W.F. Garden), George Gordon Fraser, Arthur Anderson Fraser and Gilbert Baird Fraser. His son was another artist named Robert James Winchester Fraser who signed himself "Robert Winter". A full family tree and other information on this family is given in the book "The Dictionary of British Watercolour Artists up to 1920". by H.L. Mallalieu. An article on the family by Charles Lane also appeared in the Watercolours Magazine in Winter 1989.
Robert W. Fraser exhibited from about 1875 to 1905 at such venues as the Royal Academy, the Royal Scottish Academy and the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours. He appears to have lived in London in his early years but later moved to Mildenhall in Suffolk. He painted primarily landscape scenes of the south of England as in these two examples.
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