Thomas William Fripp
Thomas William Fripp, painter (b at London, Eng 23 Mar 1864; d at Vancouver 30 May 1931). Grandson of the founder of the Royal Watercolour Society (Nicholas Pocock) and son of George Arthur Fripp, under whom he studied, he also studied at St John's Wood Art School, the Royal Academy Schools (1887), and in France and Italy. Fripp immigrated to BC in 1893. He farmed at first, then moved to Vancouver in 1904, where he worked in a photography studio for 2 years before turning to painting full time. He gained acclaim for his watercolours of the Rocky Mountains and Pacific coast landscapes and painted some oils and portraits. A founding member of the BC Art League, Fripp was first president of the BC Society of Fine Arts (1909) and a member of the BC Society of Artists.