Frank Morley Fletcher

British , 1866 - 1949

Painter and printmaker, Frank Morely Fletcher was born in Whiston, England. He received his education at the University of London and at St. John’s Wood Art School. He also studied in the studio of Hubert Vos and in 1888 he studied in Paris at Atelier Cormon.

In 1923 Morely Fletcher left a position as director of the Edinburgh College of Art and went to America to become the first director of the Santa Barbara School of the Arts. To his new position he brought an English tradition of woodblock printing. Some of his prints include scenes of Mount Shasta, the Salinas River and Ojai. The influence of the Japanese blockprint style in evident in much of his work. Many of Morely Fletcher’s students became Walt Disney Studios animators.
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