FA Stewart ( 1877 – 1945 )
FA Stewart started at Slade School of Art and at the art school working under Frank Calderon and had acquired a facility for rapid sketching which was soon to stand him in good stead but he only had a vague idea of how to go about his work sketching with book and pencil when he got to any scenes of fighting. However he looked forward to sketching the horse and guns in action for his early ambition was to paint pictures for these.
When desperate days of Cavalry charging and galloping guns seemed to be fading from the landscape in modern warfare his attention turned in more peaceful times to the activities of the horse in the Hunting field but firstly would tell of war time experiences.
The guns of Royal Artillery provided the first big incident which give him the opportunity to for producing sketches of major importance and interest, The scene was the Battle of Colenso. The war in South Africa provided Stewart with great opportunities for sketching under various conditions of horses in action. The end of the war found Stewart in hospital in convalescence in Ireland.
Then he followed horse from the battlefield to the hunting field for some time he contributed to the Bystander and Field Magazines by attending shows and race meetings including Aintree and sporting interests for The Field . Stewart carried out sketching many hunting scenes with a happy association with the Horse and Hound from an Artists point of view has allowed Stewart to survey many enchanting visits to many Hunting Countries. This has afforded the meeting of many keen devotees of the chase both Amateur and Professional including some of the greatest Masters of the chase in the Art of fox hunting.
This country for Stewart just cries out to be painted with Horses and Hounds with wonderful lighting effect and ever changing clouds with a misty atmosphere.
Stewart produced two very fine books of the Chase in Hunting Countries and Hark to Hounds.
FA Stewart lived in Gloucestershire for the latter part of his life where he died in 1945.