[The Spanish Mule.]
Etching, proof. 260 x 272mm. 10ľ x 10ĺ".
The spanish mule. Wilfred Fairclough (1907-1996) was a painter, etcher, watercolourist and teacher who was born in Blackburn, Lancashire. He left school at 14 to work in a mill and then trained as an audit clerk while attending evening classes at Blackburn School of Arts and Crafts, where he passed the Board of Educationís drawing examination in 1930, the year he was appointed part-time teacher at Blackburn. Determination gained him entry to the Royal College of Artís engraving school from 1931 to 1934, where he excelled, under teachers Malcolm Osborne and Robert Austin. He was a Rome Scholar in Engraving in 1934 attending the British School in Rome from 1934 to 1937. Rome was a favourite subject, later replaced by Venice. He lived at Kingston upon Thames and joined the staff of Kingston School of Art in 1938 and was Principal there from 1962 to 1970, after which he was Assistant Director of Kingston Polytechnic from 1970 to 1972. He spent his wartime service in the Royal Air Force where he worked on models employed in planning the bouncing bomb attack on the Mohne dam. He then spent time in India. Fairclough was elected member of the Royal Society of Painter Etchers and Engravers in 1946 and member of the Royal Society of Painters in Watercolours in 1968. He also exhibited at the Royal Academy, the Royal Scottish Academy, the Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, Walker Art Gallery Liverpool and at the Redfern Gallery, as well as widely overseas. The Contemporary Art Society has bought his work and he is also represented at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford and the Victoria and Albert Museum, which has almost 60 watercolours which Fairclough completed during World War II for the Pilgrim Trustís Recording Britain project.
Lowe: 20, 2nd state proof.
[Ref: 20280] £160.00