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Alfred Holland Bull (1861–1924)
Photo credit: Reading Museum

Alfred Holland Bull (1861–1924)

Frank Morley Fletcher (1866–1949)

Reading Museum
Noted colour woodblock printer, painter and teacher, born in Whiston, Lancashire. He studied at Atelier Cormon, in Paris. Fletcher was head of the art department at University College, Reading, 1898–1906, from 1908 being director of Edinburgh College of Art. In 1923 he left Edinburgh for California, three years later being naturalised an American citizen. Fletcher showed paintings and prints at RA, ROI, RSA, Paris Salon and especially at IS, of whose council he was a member, 1903–9. He was responsible for promoting the colour woodcut in the Japanese style and in 1916 published Wood-block Printing. Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art holds his colour woodcut Girl Reading.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)

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