Geoffrey Scowcroft Fletcher

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For the American filmmaker, see Geoffrey S. Fletcher.

Geoffrey Scowcroft Fletcher (1923–2004) was a British artist and art critic, and is best known for his 1962 book The London Nobody Knows.

Career[edit]

Fletcher was born in Bolton, Lancashire and educated at the University of London and the Slade School of Art and won a scholarship of the British School at Rome.[1] His drawings appeared in British newspapers such as The Guardian and The Sunday Times, and he worked for The Daily Telegraph, writing and illustrating a column, from 1962 to 1990. He used this medium to promote his drawings and texts about London, focusing on such mundane sights as gas lamps, Edwardian tea rooms, cast-iron lavatories and crumbling terraces. The term 'Geoffrey Fletcher London' is used to refer to his idiosyncratic descriptions.[2]

His best-known work, The London Nobody Knows, was made into a documentary film in 1967, directed by Norman Cohen and featuring British actor James Mason.[3]

Bibliography[edit]

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Personal papers[edit]

Islington Local History Centre holds artworks, sketchbooks and personal papers of Geoffrey Fletcher.[6]

London Metropolitan Archives (www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/lma) have sketchbooks and artworks by Geoffrey Fletcher. Some of which can be seen at: http://collage.cityoflondon.gov.uk/collage/app.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Geoffrey Fletcher at englishbuildings.blogspot.com". 
  2. ^ "Past exhibitions: Geoffrey Fletcher's City Sights". Guildhall Art Gallery. 2005. Archived from the original on 26 December 2010. Retrieved 20 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "The London Nobody Knows (film)". Imdb.com. 
  4. ^ WorldCat - Geoffrey S. Fisher
  5. ^ Ashtead.org
  6. ^ "Special Collections leaflet" (PDF). Islington Local History Centre. Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 March 2012. Retrieved 3 March 2011.