the artist

Joseph W. Fletcher R.B.A. 1878-1953

Joseph was born in Sheffield in 1878 and was raised by his grandparents. At the age of 18 he qualified as an artist and moved to London to work as a commercial artist designing silverware. Other than a brief period during the First World War, where he served in the Royal Flying Corps as a mechanic, Joseph was able to pursue his career in the arts; he was a member of the Royal Society of British Artists, receiving many important commissions, including a piece for Queen Mary’s Doll’s House that is still on display at Windsor Castle.

Joseph enjoyed using a wide variety of creative media such as sculpture, etchings, oil, charcoal and watercolour, but his real passion was fine art. Constantly creative, he loved to use his daughters as subjects for his work. Furthermore, he passed his love of art onto his daughters, and his eldest daughter Joyce has studied art all her life.

At the age of 91 Joyce is still an active member of the Tunbridge Wells Art Club to this day! She in turn inspired her eldest daughter, Lorna, who went on to study art at St Martins School of Art in London. This passing of the love of art from generation to generation continues as Lorna’s daughter Maria has been a self-employed artist and maker of pretty things on and off since 2000.

This beautiful collection of Josephs work captures the essence and beauty of the coast of Britain, giving an authentic flavour of life in the early 20th Century. They manage to convey the innocent joy experienced by children at the beach that remains constant throughout the ages.