The members of the Fraser Family are now remembered for their resonant landscape watercolours of the wide, flat Fenlands. First exhibiting their work in the late 19th century, they have been recently been rediscovered.
Charles Lane's new study is the first substantial publication devoted to the artists, and does much to clarify the complexities of their lives and works. The main text comprises a group biography, which is supported by a family tree and a number of previously unpublished portrait photographs.
The book traces their Scottish roots and Bedford childhoods, before charting their artistic careers, and detailing their painting ground. Many images, maps and topographical photographs illustrate those grounds and the watercolours that resulted. The text also introduces the reader to the fact that three of the brothers were illustrators. A series of monographic appendices then records and analyses the work.