Claud Lovat Fraser (1819–1921)

Fraser was an English painter, draughtsman, author, stage, and costume designer who achieved great popularity. He was born in London, and attended Charterhouse School in Surrey. He began painting from an early age, and as a young boy, was soon writing plays and designing toy theatre settings. He then began to sell caricatures that were published in 1910. For six months in 1911, Fraser attended the Westminster School of Art, studying etching with Walter Sickert, and developed his own unique style. After he left, he set up his own publishing house and studio in London, beginning his professional career in publishing poetry, broadsheets, chapbooks, and theatre design. He joined the War in 1914, but was invalided out in 1916. He continued his design work through exhibitions, innumerable theatre designs, textile design, and book illustrations. Fraser's work was considered witty and innovative, and often humorous, although some critics called it too 'futurist' and minimalist for theatre. He died at Dymchurch, Kent, in 1921, and a memorial exhibition was held at the Leicester Galleries in London that year.









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