[From the Community Collection, a public trust in Agincourt, Iowa]
FLETCHER, Frank Morley [1866–1950]
“John Platt at Lunch”
oil on board / 9.5 inches by 7.5 inches
Fletcher introduced the ukiyo-e “floating world” of Japanese printmaking to British art. Working primarily as a printmaker, Fletcher was also an educator, serving as director of the Edinburgh College of Art (1907–1923) and then in the United States at the Santa Barbara School of the Arts (1924–1930). He continued to teach, paint and exhibit in Los Angeles until his death in 1950.
This small painting is more completely titled “John Platt at Lunch Our Last Day at Chantemerle-sur-Seine, July 1922” shows his friend and fellow artist John Edgar Platt on holiday in France.
Coïncidentally, the collection includes works by Fletcher’s friend John Edgar Plat.