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“Toward the Lighthouse”

Oil Painting on Paper.  Signed

Provenance:  Purchased directly from the Artist.

8 ¼” x 10 ½” (210mm x 270mm)

Overall framed size 19” x 20 7/8” (480mm x 530mm)                       IMAGE                 IMAGE



Donald Hamilton Fraser was born in 1929 in London of Scottish descent.  He studied painting at St Martin’s School of Art and in Paris  with a French Government scholarship. He was a Visiting Tutor at the Royal College of Art for 25 years and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Cambrian Academy.  He was a Royal Academician and exhibited there from 1975.  He studied at St Martin’s School of Art from 1949 to 1952 alongside Frank Auerbach, Joe Tilson, Sheila Fell, Jack Smith, Leon Kossoff and Sandra Blow.  His first exhibition was at Gimpel Fils in London in 1953.  As well as showing regularly at Gimpel Fils he was also exhibiting at the Paul Rosenberg Gallery in New York.  For 25 years,  from 1958,  he was a Tutor at the Painting School at the Royal College of Art teaching alongside Peter Blake and Julian Trevelyan and tutoring David Hockney, Patrick Caulfield, Therese Oulton and Ron Kitaj.  He was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Art in 1970 and an Honorary Fellow in 1984, an Associate R.A. in 1975 and a Royal Academician in 1985.  He was Honorary Curator at the Royal Academy from 1992 to 1999 and a Trustee there from 1994 to 2000.  He was also a Member of the Royal Fine Art Commission from 1986 to 2000 and served on the Council of the Artists’ General Benevolent Fund from 1981 and was Chairman for several years in the 1980s. He was Vice President of the Royal Overseas League from 1986.  He wrote regularly for art journals and as a ballet critic as well as publishing two books – “Gauguin’s Vision After The Sermon” (1969) and “Dancers a Book of Ballet Paintings (1989)”