|James Finucane Draper (1836-1876)|
Town Centre in Brittany or Normandy.
Signed and dated 1869.
10 3/4 x 7 3/4 inches.
James Finucane Draper (1836-1876):
Born in Guernsey in 1836, James Finucane Draper had moved to Jersey by 1860. He is known to have lived at a number of addresses in St Helier, including 11 Don Road, 13 Duhamel Place, 9 David Place, 55 Bath Street, 2 St Mark's Villas and 35 Belmont Road. As well as being a talented watercolour painter he produced a number of caricatures, some of which were published. He was also a successful dramatist and several of his plays were performed at the Theatre Royal, Don Road and the Royal Hall in Peter Street. By 1869 he had acquired a studio at the Masonic Temple, Stopford Road. Sadly his promising career was cut short and he died at the age of 41 in 1876. He is buried in St Saviour's Cemetery. His highly distinctive watercolours, usually Channel Island scenes, are rare. He tutored his nephew, the Guernsey born painter Charles F. Draper, who worked in a similar manner. Collections: Jersey Museum and Guernsey Museum & Art Gallery.