Alexander George Fraser
(7 April 1786 - 15 February 1865)
Bryan's dictionary of painters and engravers, 1903
Fraser, Alexander. (Brit.) Born in Scotland (1786-1865). He exhibited for many years at the Royal Academy pictures relating to Scottish character and history. Among his works maybe mentioned, 'The Glass of Ale,' 'Alarms of War,' 'Robinson Crusoe,' 'Last Moments of Mary Queen of Scots,' etc., some of which have been engraved. His 'Interior of a Highland Cottage' (belonging to the Vernon Collection) is in the National Gallery.Artists of the Nineteenth Century & Biographical Sketches. By Clara Erskine Clement & Laurence Hutton, 1879.
Alexander George Fraser (1786-1865) was a Scottish genre and domestic painter who exhibited his paintings at the Royal Academy in London for many years. His son, Alexander Fraser (1827-1899), was also a prominent artist with whom he is sometimes confused (and his paintings are sometimes misidentified as being by his son).
Fraser was born in Edinburgh on 7th April 1786. His father was Alexander Fraser, a grocer, and his mother, Madgalane Davie. He studied painting under John Graham (1754-1817) at the Trustees Drawing Academy of Edinburgh. His fellow pupils included William Allan (1782–1850), John Burnet (1784–1868), and David Wilkie (1785–1841). He began exhibiting at the Royal Academy in 1810 and moved to London in 1813. David Wilkie had preceded him to London and he employed Fraser as an assistant to paint details and still life in his pictures. Of Wilkie's many followers, Fraser was the most capable. Many of his paintings were humorous and on a small scale, for example, 'The Scotch Fair' (c. 1834) or 'Music Makers'.
On 30th June 1826, he married Janet William Moir in Edinburgh, and Alexander Fraser was their son. In 1840, Fraser was elected an associate of the Royal Scottish Academy, an institution he had helped to found. In 1842, his 'Naaman Cured of the Leprosy' obtained the premium at the British Institution for best picture of the year. From 1848, ill-health prevented him from painting and he ceased exhibiting at the Royal Academy. He died at Wood Green, Hornsey, London on 15 February 1865.
Born - 7 April 1786, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
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