Fletcher/Copenhaver Fine Art
Derek Fowler (1919-1990)

Derek Fowler, born in London, was a precocious artist who exhibited at the prestigious New Burlington Galleries in London before his twentieth birthday. His early schooling was at the Highgate School, and in 1937 he began his serious study of art at the Westminster School of Art. Two years later, when England went to war, Fowler enlisted and was sent to India and Burma. For the next five years he served with the rank of captain in a camouflage and intelligence unit of the British Army. In 1941 he sailed to India on the troop transport HMS City of London, the same ship on which he returned to England in 1945.

While he served his country abroad, Fowler continued to polish his skills as an artist and produced a series of beautiful drawings of everyday life in the army, drawings which capture the poignancy and immediacy of quiet moments in barracks, camps, and clubs.

After the war, Fowler attended the Royal College of Art from which he graduated in 1949. An important career as a portrait painter followed, his sitters including such eminent figures as Prime Minister Clement Atlee and Chancellor of the Exchequer Selwyn Lloyd. He first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1951, and also participated in exhibitions of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Royal Society of British Artists, Royal Scottish Academy, and the national society.

Fowler was a gifted teacher and for over twenty years was Head of Art for the City of London School. After his death in 1990, a memorial exhibition of his work was held at the Mall Galleries in London, opened by the British actress Susannah York.

His work was exhibited at service exhibitions in India and also at the Army Arts Society Exhibition at the Imperial Institute Gallery in London. Twenty-seven of Fowler’s wartime drawings are in the collection of the Imperial War Museum in London. The drawings by Fowler in this collection are from his estate and were purchased directly from his widow, Jo Fowler. Photographs of them are in the Fowler Archive at the Imperial War Museum in London. Some were featured in the 2000 online exhibition: Quiet Moments of War Portraits by Fowler are found in the Williamson Art Gallery and Museum, London Borough of Sutton Museum, and the Collection of the City of London Corporation.


Asleep on a Bundle

Derek Fowler 1919-1990
Asleep on a Bundle

Charcoal drawing
Provenance: Estate of the artist, acquired from Jo Fowler, the artiwst's widow
Sheet size: 6½ X 4⅛ inches
Frame size: 11 X 8¾ inches
FC16031   $875
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Asleep in a Chair

Derek Fowler 1919-1990
Asleep in a Chair

Pencil drawing
Provenance: Provenance: Estate of the artist, acquired from Jo Fowler, the artist’s widow
Sheet size: 7½ X 4¾ inches
Frame Size: 12 X 9¼ inches
FC16032   $875
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Air Raid Wardens

Derek Fowler 1919-1990
Air Raid Wardens

Pencil drawing
Provenance: Provenance: Estate of the artist, acquired from Jo Fowler, the artist’s widow
Sheet size: 7½ X 4¾ inches
Frame Size: 12 X 9¼ inches
FC16033   $875
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Pondering

Derek Fowler 1919-1990
Pondering

Pencil drawing
Provenance: Provenance: Estate of the artist, acquired from Jo Fowler, the artist’s widow
Sheet size: 7½ X 4¾ inches
Frame size: 12¼ X 9¼ inches
FC16034   $875
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Seated, Writing

Derek Fowler 1919-1990
Seated, Writing

Pencil drawing
Provenance: Provenance: Estate of the artist, acquired from Jo Fowler, the artist's widow
Sheet size: 7½ X 4¾
Frame size: 12⅛ X9¼
FC16035   $875
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Seated, Wearing a Greatcoat

Derek Fowler 1919-1990
Seated, Wearing a Greatcoat

Pencil drawing
Provenance: Provenance: Estate of the artist, acquired from Jo Fowler, the artist’s widow
Sheet size: 7½ X 4¾ inches
Frame size: 12 X 9½ inches
FC16036   $875
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Portrait of a Soldier

Derek Fowler 1919-1990
Portrait of a Soldier

Pencil drawing
Provenance: Provenance: Estate of the artist, acquired from Jo Fowler, the artist’s widow
Sheet size: 7½ X 4¾ inches
Frame size: 12 X 9¼ inches
FC16037   $875
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Soldier with a Cap

Derek Fowler 1919-1990
Soldier with a Cap

Pencil drawing
Provenance: Provenance: Estate of the artist, acquired from Jo Fowler, the artist’s widow
Sheet size: 7½ X 4¾ inches
Frame size: 12 X 9¼ inches
FC16038   $875
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Two Soldiers, Seated

Derek Fowler 1919-1990
Two Soldiers, Seated

Pencil drawing
Provenance: Provenance: Estate of the artist, acquired from Jo Fowler, the artist’s widow
Sheet size: 4¾ X 7½ inches
Frame size: 9⅜ X 12¼ inches
FC16039   $875
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Seated Soldier, Rear View

Derek Fowler 1919-1990
Seated Soldier, Rear View

Pencil drawing
Provenance: Provenance: Estate of the artist, acquired from Jo Fowler, the artist’s widow
Sheet size: 7½ X 4¾ inches
Frame size: 12 X 9¼ inches
FC16040   $875
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Soldiers Seated, Writing

Derek Fowler 1919-1990
Soldiers Seated, Writing

Pencil drawing
Provenance: Provenance: Estate of the artist, acquired from Jo Fowler, the artist’s widow
Sheet size: 7½ X 4¾ inches
Frame size:12 X 9¼ inches
FC16041   $875
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Soldier Seated at a Desk, Writing

Derek Fowler 1919-1990
Soldier Seated at a Desk, Writing

Pencil drawing
Provenance: Provenance: Estate of the artist, acquired from Jo Fowler, the artist’s widow
Sheet size: 7½ X 4¾ inches
Framed size: 12 X 9⅛ inches
FC16042   $875
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A Group of Soldiers, Sitting Outside the Barracks

Derek Fowler 1919-1990
A Group of Soldiers, Sitting Outside the Barracks

Pencil drawing
Provenance: Provenance: Estate of the artist, acquired from Jo Fowler, the artist’s widow
Sheet size: 7½ X 4¾ inches
Frame size: 12 X 9¼ inches
FC16043   $875
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A Soldier in Bed; Study of a Soldier's Head

Derek Fowler 1919-1990
A Soldier in Bed; Study of a Soldier's Head

Pencil drawing
Provenance: Provenance: Estate of the artist, acquired from Jo Fowler, the artist’s widow
Sheet size: 5 X 8 inches
Frame size: 9⅛ X 11⅞ inches
FC16045   $875
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Soldiers at the Club

Derek Fowler 1919-1990
Soldiers at the Club

Pencil drawing
Provenance: Provenance: Estate of the artist, acquired from Jo Fowler, the artist’s widow
Sheet size: 5 X 8 inches
Frame size: 9½ X 11 ⅞
FC16046   $875
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Soldiers Lounging Around

Derek Fowler 1919-1990
Soldiers Lounging Around

Pencil drawing
Provenance: Provenance: Estate of the artist, acquired from Jo Fowler, the artist’s widow
Sheet size: 5 X 8 inches
Frame size: 9⅜ X 12 inches
FC16047   $875
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Studies of Soldiers' Heads

Derek Fowler 1919-1990
Studies of Soldiers' Heads

Pencil drawing
Provenance: Provenance: Estate of the artist, acquired from Jo Fowler, the artist’s widow
Sheet size: 8 X 5 inches
Frame size: 12¼ X 9⅛ inches
FC16048   $875
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Studies of Nurses Wearing Caps

Derek Fowler 1919-1990
Studies of Nurses Wearing Caps

Pencil drawing
Provenance: Provenance: Estate of the artist, acquired from Jo Fowler, the artist’s widow
Sheet size: 8 X 5 inches
Frame size: 12 X 9¼ inches
FC16049   $875
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A Soldier Wearing a Cap & Coat

Derek Fowler 1919-1990
A Soldier Wearing a Cap & Coat

Pencil drawing
Provenance: Provenance: Estate of the artist, acquired from Jo Fowler, the artist’s widow
Sheet size: 8 X 5 inches
Frame size: 11¾ X9 inches
FC16050   $875
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Studies of Two Soldiers

Derek Fowler 1919-1990
Studies of Two Soldiers

Pencil drawing
Provenance: Provenance: Estate of the artist, acquired from Jo Fowler, the artist’s widow
Sheet size: 5 X 8 inches
Frame size: 12 X 9 inches
FC16051   $875
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A Seated Woman, Knitting

Derek Fowler 1919-1990
A Seated Woman, Knitting

Pencil drawing
Provenance: Provenance: Estate of the artist, acquired from Jo Fowler, the artist’s widow
Sheet size: 5 X 8 inches
Frame size: 9¼ X 12 inches
FC16052   $875
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A Standing Soldier Wearing a Cap, Rear View

Derek Fowler 1919-1990
A Standing Soldier Wearing a Cap, Rear View

Pencil drawing
Provenance: Provenance: Estate of the artist, acquired from Jo Fowler, the artist’s widow
Sheet size: 8 X 5 inches
Frame size: 12½ X 9⅛ inches
FC16053   $875
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A Woman Knitting

Derek Fowler 1919-1990
A Woman Knitting

Pencil drawing
Provenance: Provenance: Estate of the artist, acquired from Jo Fowler, the artist’s widow
Sheet size: 8 X 5 inches
Frame size: 12 X 9¼ inches
FC16054   $875
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A Soldier Wearing a Cap & Coat, Rear View

Derek Fowler 1919-1990
A Soldier Wearing a Cap & Coat, Rear View

Pencil drawing
Provenance: Provenance: Estate of the artist, acquired from Jo Fowler, the artist’s widow
Sheet size: 8 X 5 Inches
Frame size: 12 X 9¼ inches
FC16055   $875
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A Soldier Seated, Writing

Derek Fowler 1919-1990
A Soldier Seated, Writing

Pencil drawing
Provenance: Provenance: Estate of the artist, acquired from Jo Fowler, the artist’s widow
Sheet size: 8½ X 5¼ inches
Frame size: 13 X 9⅝ inches
FC16056   $875
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A Soldier Polishing His Shoes

Derek Fowler 1919-1990
A Soldier Polishing His Shoes

Pencil drawing
Provenance: Provenance: Estate of the artist, acquired from Jo Fowler, the artist’s widow
Sheet size: 8 X 5 inches
Frame size: 12½ X 9¼ inches
FC16058   $875
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Nurses at a Briefing

Derek Fowler 1919-1990
Nurses at a Briefing

Pencil drawing
Provenance: Provenance: Estate of the artist, acquired from Jo Fowler, the artist’s widow
Sheet size: 8 X 5 inches
Frame size: 12 X 9¼ inches
FC16060   $875
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Man Wearing a Cap, Rear View

Derek Fowler 1919-1990
Man Wearing a Cap, Rear View

Pencil drawing
Provenance: Provenance: Estate of the artist, acquired from Jo Fowler, the artist’s widow
Sheet size: 8 X 5 inches
Frame size: 12½ X 9⅛ inches
FC16061   $875
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Study of a WAAF

Derek Fowler 1919-1990
Study of a WAAF

Pencil drawing
Provenance: Provenance: Estate of the artist, acquired from Jo Fowler, the artist’s widow
Sheet size: 8 X 5 inches
Frame size: 12 X 9¼ inches
(A member of the Women's Auxiliary Air Forces)
FC16062   $875
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A Soldier Smoking

Derek Fowler 1919-1990
A Soldier Smoking

Pencil drawing
Provenance: Provenance: Estate of the artist, acquired from Jo Fowler, the artist’s widow
Sheet size: 8 X 5 inches
Frame size: 12 X 9¼ inches
FC16063   $875
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Scenes of Life in the Barracks

Derek Fowler 1919-1990
Scenes of Life in the Barracks

Pencil drawing
Provenance: Provenance: Estate of the artist, acquired from Jo Fowler, the artist’s widow
Sheet size: 6¾ X 9 inches
Frame size: 11⅜ X 13⅜ inches
FC00149   SOLD
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Portrait of a Young Man with a Moustache

Derek Fowler 1919-1990
Portrait of a Young Man with a Moustache

Pencil drawing
Provenance: Estate of the artist, acquired from Jo Fowler, the artist's widow.
Sheet size: 7 1/2 X 4 5/8 inches
Frame size: 12 1/4 X 9 3/8 inches
FC11013   $875
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A WAAF Reading

Derek Fowler 1919-1990
A WAAF Reading

Pencil drawing
Provenance: Estate of the artist, acquired from the artist's widow, Jo Fowler
Sheet size: 5 X 8 inches
Frame size: 12 X 9¼ inches
FC16064   $875
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In Bed, Writing a Letter

Derek Fowler 1919-1990
In Bed, Writing a Letter

Charcoal drawing
Provenance: Estate of the artist, acquired from Jo Fowler, the artist's widow.
Sheet size: 4 5/8 X 8 inches
Frame size: 9 3/8 X 12 5/8 inches
FC11015   $875
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Taking a Nap

Derek Fowler 1919-1990
Taking a Nap

Charcoal drawing
Provenance: Estate of the artist, acquired from Jo Fowler, the artist's widow.
Sheet size: 4 5/8 X 8 inches
Frame size: 9 3/8 X 12 5/8 inches
FC11017   $875
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Propped Up Asleep

Derek Fowler 1919-1990
Propped Up Asleep

Pencil drawing
Provenance: Estate of the artist, acquired from Jo Fowler, the artist's widow.
Sheet size: 4 5/8 X 71/2 inches
Frame size: 9 3/8 X 12 1/8 inches
FC11019   $875
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Head of a Man, Facing Left

Derek Fowler 1919-1990
Head of a Man, Facing Left

Pencil drawing
Provenance: Estate of the artist, acquired from Jo Fowler, the artist's widow.
Sheet size: 9 X 6 3/4 inches
Frame size: 13 1/16 X 11 1/8 inches
FC11026   $875
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Asleep with a Book

Derek Fowler 1919-1990
Asleep with a Book

Charcoal drawing
Provenance: Estate of the artist, acquired from Jo Fowler, the artist's widow.
Sheet size: 9 X 6 3/4 inches
Frame size: 11 1/8 X 13 5/8 inches
FC11028   $875
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The Haircut

Derek Fowler 1919-1990
The Haircut

Brown crayon drawing
Provenance: Estate of the artist, acquired from Jo Fowler, the artist's widow.
Sheet size: 9 X 6 3/4 inches
Frame size: 13 1/8 X 11 1/8 inches
FC11030   $875
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Asleep With His Hands Between His Legs

Derek Fowler 1919-1990
Asleep With His Hands Between His Legs

Pencil drawing
Provenance: Provenance: estate of the artist, acquired from Jo Fowler, the artist’s widow
Sheet size: 7 X 9 inches
Frame size: 9 X 13⅜ inches
FC12035   $875
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Napping, Propped Up

Derek Fowler 1919-1990
Napping, Propped Up

Pencil drawing
Provenance: Provenance: Estate of the artist, acquired from Jo Fowler, the artist’s widow
Sheet size: 7 X 9 inches
Frame size: 11 X 13 ½ inches
FC12036   $875
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A Study of Two Women's Heads

Derek Fowler 1919-1990
A Study of Two Women's Heads

Pencil drawing
Provenance: Estate of the artist, acquired from Jo Fowler, the artist's widow.
Sheet size: 8 X 4 5/8 inches
Frame size: 12 1/8 X 9 1/8 inches
FC11018   $875
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