Edward Fletcher (1857-1945)
He was the son of a Bengal Pilot & is a good example of the numerous meritorious but scantily recorded marine artists of the 19th century.
He was born at 27 The Grove, Hammersmith, and lived at Blackheath, Thames Ditton, Winchelsea (Rye), and Tilhurst, Sussex, where he died. He was educated at Christ's Hospital & studied at the Chelsea Art School. In hard times he painted for a dealer by the name of Casteloni of Islington, who sold them in America.
He also painted under the name of John Hayes for no apparent reason, his work is quite well known in informed circles, he produced a fairly large number of Thames views, the best of which may almost be compared to William Wyllie.