Winter in the Ouse Valley
Watercolour; signed and dated 1891
11 x 15 inches
Amongst seven sons and two daughters, Dr Robert Fraser raised six working artists, known as the ‘Fraser Brotherhood’. All of the brothers showed talent - and worked in a similar style - but William, the best of them, used the name Garden (traditional in the family) in order to distinguish himself from his siblings. The family lived at Hemingford Grey, a small village down the Great Ouse from Bedford, where they rented the manor house. Bob Burn-Murdoch (Norris Museum, St. Ives ) comments that this landscape 'looks right for the Ouse valley in the St. Ives - Huntingdon area ... The church spire, [which] has corner pinnacles rather than a simpler design, means that within that area it could only be Over, Fenstanton, St.Ives, Hemingford Abbots, or Offord Darcy'.