Frederick Wood Baker was the eldest of four sons of Frederick J and Mary Baker of St Pancras, London. In 1881 the family lived at 68 Wrotham Road, St Pancras, and Frederick was listed in the Census of that year as an 'Artist', aged 19 years.
London-born painter of coastal scenes and landscape which mainly feature the English south coast in works such as On the Shore, Studland, Dorset and Land's End, Cornwall. In the 4th and 5th exhibitions at Newlyn Art Gallery (both in 1896) this artist exhibited Sennen Crabbers, Curing Seaweed and A Bit of Kynance, all of which were sold. In the Year's Art of that same year, a F W Baker was living in Belsize Road in London, and exhibiting a painting at the Institute of Painters in Oil Colours (IPO).
In September of 1900 Baker Jnr exhibited and sold Penolver Point and Bossinney Cove at NAG. By 1902 his exhibiting address had moved to the Lizard, Cornwall. There is no evidence that Baker Snr had any artistic involvement with Cornwall. Wood in Victorian Painters gives dates of fl 1873-1893, that clearly shows a loss in recognition of this artist when he moved to the provinces. His death is registered at Truro, Cornwall in 1936, age 75.
His work has been shown in Cornwall more recently at the Lander Gallery, Truro.
Painter in watercolour and oils of landscapes and coastal scenes
works and access
Works include: Land's End Cornwall; On the Shore, Studland, Dorset; Sennen Crabbers; Sennen Crabbers (1896); Curing Seaweed (1896); A Bit of Kynance (1896)
B (14); Dudley (2); GI
RSBA (7); RHib (11); RI (3); ROI (14)
RA (19) 1881-93
Newlyn Art Gallery 1896-1901
misc further info
Census of 1881, GRO; Registration of death 1936
Hardie (2009) Artists in Newlyn and West Cornwall
Johnson & Greutzner (1975) Dictionary of British Artists
NAG sales records;
The Year’s Art
Wood (1995) Victorian Painters