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Alexander Frew, ca 1863- d.1908

Nationality: Scottish
Date of Birth: 1863 ca
Place of Birth:
Date of Death: 1908.01.12
Place of Death: Glasgow


Alexander Frew was a landscape and marine painter.


Frew was active in exhibiting between 1883 to 1905, showing at the Royal Academy in London, Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool, Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, Royal Scottish Academy and Manchester City Art Gallery. He also exhibited with the New English Art Club, a group with which JW exhibited in 1888, and with the International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, a society which elected JW its President in 1898.

In 1891 Frew was amongst those Glasgow artists who appended his signature to a list of names petitioning the city of Glasgow to buy JW's Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 2: Portrait of Thomas Carlyle (YMSM 137) (#12326). In 1892 JW was approached by Mary Newton Mann about contributing a sketch to an album of watercolours and black and white drawings in order to raise 400 guineas for Queen Margaret College in Glasgow. Frew was one of those who had already promised his assistance (#03987).


Johnson, J., and Anna Greutzner, Dictionary of British Artists 1880-1940, Woodbridge, 1980.