Teacher and painter, born in Membury, Devon, who in 1889 married the embroiderer and artist Jessie Rowat, their daughter being the painter Mary Newbery Sturrock. Fra Newbery trained at Bridport and South Kensington Schools of Art and in 1885 was appointed director of Glasgow School of Art. Under his direction it was transformed, staff and students were encouraged to look and show abroad and Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s notable building to house the art school was designed and constructed. Around the end of World War I Newbery and his wife retired to Corfe Castle, Dorset. Newbery was a member of the Glasgow Art Club, IS and RWA and was a prolific exhibitor, also showing at RSA, Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool, RA and NEAC.
Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)