Drawing of Fred Lawson by Jacob Kramer J.B Priestly writing about Fred Lawson Middleham Fair. Watercolour Gipsies at Redmire Feast.  Watercolour
 Links: Publications:  Fred Lawson. A Painter’s Life by John Duncalfe. Published 2017
 Available in all good bookshops and online
 Visit and Stay in  Fred Lawson’s Studio
Fred Lawson’s Studio, Castle Bolton further information available here
 Historic Trail:
Sonia Lawson R.A
Fred Lawson: 1888 - 1968 Sonia Lawson’s father: Fred Lawson Fred Lawson was born near Leeds in 1888. He moved to the Yorkshire Dales in 1910, having fallen in love with the landscape and the people. He is know for his pen drawings and watercolours which capture the heart of the Dales: a lone sheep on the moor, or fairground on the village green with caravans. His work is in collections throughout the UK including Wakefield, Leeds, Scarborough, Harrogate and Kirkless Art Galleries.
Fred Lawson c.1960 Sonia Lawson’s father
Fred Lawson was born in Yeadon, near Leeds in 1888. He studied fine art at Leeds College of Art where he won a scholarship to London: Kensington College of Art (Now the Royal College of Art). While there he won 3 medals for excelling in drawing and also a teaching diploma. In 1910, when he was 22 years old, he visited Wensleydale and decided the place was his home. It was an auspicious date, as not only was it the year of Haley’s comet, but also the year of his future wife’s birth. (Muriel Metcalfe was 22 years younger than Fred). Although well know for his portrayals of the dales, he travelled on the continent to Provence and The Low countries, but the 1914 War brought an end to these journeys. J.B. Priestley said of Fred Lawson: A fine and senstivie artist with a style and manner so much of his own that often I have recognised at once tiny reproductions of pen drawings as being his work.
Caravans . Pen and ink drawing Leyburn Fair. C.1955  Pen, coloured pencils and chalk Coppice. Watercolour C. 1948 Pen and ink Sketch.
Fred’s humour and kind manner charmed many he met, and his writings for the Ripon Wakeman (1949-1958) and The Dalesman (1958-1968)  distilled this. He wrote and illustrated a ‘Letter from the Dales’ every month for the Dalesman, and had many fans across the globe. Sonia tells how one letter arrived addressed to: Fred Lawson, Artist and Philosopher, Wensleydale, England. Fred illustrated many books and articles, including books of poems by Dorothy Una Ratcliffe. Fred lived and worked in his beloved dales until his death in 1968. Sonia recalls how during the second world war, he paid for some of their rations with his paintings. His work was good and joyful currency amongst those who also loved the landscape that he captured so well.
Drawing of Fred Lawson by Jacob Kramer Middleham Fair. Watercolour Gipsies at Redmire Feast.  Watercolour
Links: Publications: Fred Lawson A Painter’s Life by John Duncalfe. published 2017 Available from all good booksellers. Also available online
Visit and stay in Fred Lawson’s studio
Fred Lawson’s studio, Castle Bolton. further information available here. 
Historic Trail:
Sonia Lawson R.A
Fred Lawson: 1888 - 1968 Sonia Lawson’s father: Fred Lawson Fred Lawson was born near Leeds in 1888. He moved to the Yorkshire Dales in 1910, having fallen in love with the landscape and the people. He is know for his pen drawings and watercolours which capture the heart of the Dales: a lone sheep on the moor, or fairground on the village green with caravans. His work is in collections throughout the UK including Wakefield, Leeds, Scarborough, Harrogate and Kirkless Art Galleries.
Fred Lawson c.1960 Sonia Lawson’s father
Fred Lawson was born in Yeadon, near Leeds in 1888. He studied fine art at Leeds College of Art where he won a scholarship to London: Kensington College of Art (Now the Royal College of Art). While there he won 3 medals for excelling in drawing and also a teaching diploma. In 1910, when he was 22 years old, he visited Wensleydale and decided the place was his home. It was an auspicious date, as not only was it the year of Haley’s comet, but also the year of his future wife’s birth. (Muriel Metcalfe was 22 years younger than Fred). Although well know for his portrayals of the dales, he travelled on the continent to Provence and The Low countries, but the 1914 War brought an end to these journeys. J.B. Priestley said of Fred Lawson: A fine and senstivie artist with a style and manner so much of his own that often I have recognised at once tiny reproductions of pen drawings as being his work.
Caravans . Pen and ink drawing Leyburn Fair. C.1955  Pen, coloured pencils and chalk Coppice. Watercolour C. 1948 Pen and ink Sketch.
Fred’s humour and kind manner charmed many he met, and his writings for the Ripon Wakeman (1949-1958) and The Dalesman (1958-1968)  distilled this. He wrote and illustrated a ‘Letter from the Dales’ every month for the Dalesman, and had many fans across the globe. Sonia tells how one letter arrived addressed to: Fred Lawson, Artist and Philosopher, Wensleydale, England. Fred illustrated many books and articles, including books of poems by Dorothy Una Ratcliffe. Fred lived and worked in his beloved dales until his death in 1968. Sonia recalls how during the second world war, he paid for some of their rations with his paintings. His work was good and joyful currency amongst those who also loved the landscape that he captured so well.