FRASER, James Drummond

1848 - 1924

Born at Cumbrae, Bute, Scotland on 23 August 1848, son of John Fraser and his wife Jane Wishart Latta. In 1871 a 22 year old dental assistant living at 69 High Street, High Church Paisley, Renfrewshire with his 19 year old brother John Hendry, a pastry cook and confectioner but James must have moved south as he married at Stowmarket, Suffolk in 1879, Sarah Ann Tricker. In 1881 a ‘registered dental assistant’ living at Kelburne Lodge, North Hill Road, Ipswich with his 26 year old wife Sarah and their 4 month old daughter Gertrude Jean, who was born in Ipswich. A member of Ipswich Art Club 1879-1905 and exhibited Kelburne Lodge in 1881 four oils two entitled ‘The Baron’s Keep, Lesser Cranbrae’ and 'Arran, from the Island of Cambrae' and 'Inversmaid Falls, Loch Lomond', in 1882 'Morning, Gainsborough Lane' and 'Millport, West Bay' in 1883 'The Lion Rock, Island of Cambrae', 'In the Woods, Holywells' and two drawings 'Tinty Falls, Isle of Cambrae' and 'On the Orwell; also ‘Harwich Harbour’ 1890, ‘Arran from Cumbrae’ 1900, ‘Gateway, Carisbroke Castle’ 1901, 'Prince Charles's Last Resting Place' and 'Nairn Fishing Boats, 'Lonely Shore' 1902 exhibiting over forty works 1881-1902, the subjects were mostly oil landscapes. By 1891 the family, by then with four children, were still at the same address in Ipswich and sometimes referred to as Frazer. James Fraser died at Ipswich in 1924, aged 75.