Wilfred Fairclough, RWS, RE (1907-1996) was a well-known painter and printmaker, especially of figure subjects and town scenes. He was born in Lancashire, attended evening classes at Blackburn School of Arts and Crafts, and went on to study at the Royal College of Art (1931-34) under R S Austin and others, where he won the prestigious Rome Scholarship (1934-37). Fairclough exhibited many times at the Royal Academy from 1934, also at the New English Art Club, and extensively with the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers (elected ARE 1934, RE 1946) and with the Royal Society of Painters in Watercolours (elected RWS 1968). In the last 25 years of his life he produced some of his finest work which included a series of etchings with aquatint of subjects found especially in Venice and Lucerne. His son, Michael Fairclough, is also a well-known painter and printmaker. Wilfred Fairclough’s work is held in many public collections including the British Museum, the Government Art Collection, and the British Museum.