'Garden William Fraser' was born at Chatham in Kent. However the Frasers, who were a Scottish family and keen Jacobite supporters, settled in Bedford, where the seven boys of the family could be educated at Bedford School. Garden, who had been given his grandmother's maiden name, changed his name to William Fraser Garden to distinguish himself from his brothers, six of whom also became artists. Early in life Garden settled at the House of the Fields near Hemmingford Abbots, Huntingdonshire until 1898, while his parents were living at the Old Manor House, Hemmingford Grey. Later in life he lived at the Ferry Boat Inn, Holywell, Huntingdonshire and although he travelled throughout Great Britain and Ireland the majority of his watercolours are of the fen villages near his home on the Ouse.
A view of St. Ives Bridge, Huntingdonshire by Fraser Garden was sold Christie's, London, 7 April 2000, lot 116, £21,150.
We are grateful to Michael Knight for his assistance in preparing this catalogue entry.