A M Foweraker was born in 1873, the son of an Exeter clergyman and headmaster of Exeter Cathedral School where A M was educated. He graduated in Science from Christ's College, Cambridge and did not take up painting until his early twenties. He studied art in Exeter, and first exhibited with RCPS in 1897, the same year in which he married Annie Triphina Coles.
The couple moved to Lelant near St Ives in 1902, and had one daughter, Marie. Foweraker is best known for his moonlit watercolour scenes, often featuring a figure carrying a lamp and his use of the colour, blue. In 1903 he assisted Algernon TALMAGE with his Cornish School of Landscape and Sea painting, being primarily responsible for watercolour tuition. In 1905 he advertised winter art classes in Andalucia, and his address was given as Villa Camara, Malaga. He held classes in Malaga in January and February, Cordoba in March, and Granada in April, and appears to have made regular trips to Spain and later to France.
Charles MARRIOTT was asked to write a travel book on Spain in 1908, and he asked Foweraker to illustrate it. His only work exhibited at the RA was unintended: having been too late for inclusion in that year's RBA show, the President forwarded it to the RA, where it was accepted and hung. In the mid-1920s he moved to Swanage in Dorset, where he died in January 1942 and is buried at the Godlingston Cemetery, Ulwell.
Painter of landscapes and flowers in oils and watercolours
works and access
Works include: Thatched Cottage at Twilight (1935); Moonlight; Newquay Coastal Scene; Beach Scene, Crigga Rocks; Rainy day, St Ives; Pudding Back Lane, St Ives; Norway Square, St Ives; The Sloop Inn, St Ives; Near Hanlyn Bay; Norman Lane in St Ives; Tolcarne Beach Newquay; Twilight; Norway Square, St Ives, by day; Moonlit Cornish Beach; Cornish Farm; St Ives Harbour by Moonlight (1928)
Access to work: Oldham; W H Lane Auction 2 Dec 2010 Catalogue illustrates two (#44,45) both Spanish-focussed watercolours of Antiquiera, and Toledo by moonlight.
RA (1) 1909
RBA (52) 1902 onwards
St Ives Show Day 1902, Sep 1913
Lanham's w/cs Nov 1913, (w/cs) 1914, Jul 1928
Market Hall, Penzance 28 Apr-5 Mar 1917
Plymouth Art Gallery Great Exhibition and Sale of Work Nov 1917
St Ives Times 26 Sep 1913, 28 Nov 1913, 17 Jul 1914, 27 Apr 1917, 4 May 1917, 9 Nov 1917
Hardie (2009) Artists in Newlyn and West Cornwall (p326)
Johnson & Greutzner (1975) Dictionary of British Artists
Newton et al (2005) Painting at the Edge
Tovey (2003) Creating a Splash
Tovey (2009) St Ives: Social History
Whybrow (1994) St Ives
Whitechapel Exhibition catalogue (repr Hardie 2009)
W H Lane Fine Art Auction Sales, Catalogue 2 Dec 2010
Wormleighton (1998) Morning Tide