Monday, 26 December 2016

Tour Scotland Photograph Of A Painting By Alastair Flattely

Tour Scotland photograph of a painting by Alastair Flattely, who was born on 20 November 1922 in Inverness, Scotland. He the only child of science lecturer Frederick Flattely and his wife, Isabella. After his father died aged 42, Flattely was raised by an uncle. From 1936 to 1940 he attended Maiden Erlegh School at Reading, Berkshire, England. He studied at Glasgow University from 1941 to 1942, interrupted by Second World War army service. He saw active service with the Royal Artillery 8th Survey Regiment in Italy until persistent bronchitis ended his army career. While in uniform Flattely developed his interest in landscape sketching and painting, entering Edinburgh College of Art in 1945. A summer scholarship to Paris in 1948 was followed by one to Stockholm in 1949. After returning from a painting trip to Spain in 1955, Flattely became a part time teacher of drawing and painting. During this period he met Sheila Houghton. They married in 1957. After his retirement, the Flattelys settled in Beaminster, Dorset. Tragically, they died in a car accident in Dorchester on 29 May, 2009, and the ensuing fire prevented easy identification. It took DNA tests to confirm this. The couple had no children.

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