1913 - 2004
James Fletcher-Watson is regarded as one
of the leading British watercolour landscape painters
of his time. He started exhibiting at the age of twenty,
and later held one-man exhibitions in America, Australia
and London, while continuing to build his other career,
as an architect.
During the Second World War, he was dispatched
to India with the Royal Engineers to oversee camouflage,
and to design forward runways into Burma. He sketched
and painted wherever he went, and his remarkable pictures
of India and Burma have since been published in a book,
Soldier Artist in Wartime India.
James Fletcher-Watson was a member of
The Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour and the
Royal Society of British Artists. He exhibited at the
Royal Academy, and received an award at the Paris Salon.
He wrote many articles and several teaching books on
watercolour painting, including The Magic of Watercolour
and Watercolour Secrets. Three videos (now available
on DVD) have also been made, in which he demonstrates
how to paint out of doors as well as in the studio.
After moving to the Cotswolds, he established
his Windrush Gallery, where he held annual exhibitions
and ran regular painting courses. The gallery, and his
studio, continue to be used for occasional exhibitions
of James Fletcher-Watsons work, and to promote
the pure watercolour tradition in which he believed