Alexander Fisher was trained at the South Kensington School, England as a painter from 1881 to 1884. His interest in enamelling was inspired by Adrian Dalpayrat. He went to Paris to study its technique. On his return to London in 1887 he set up a studio and soon became well known for his jewellery and decorative objects with enamelled figures in the late Pre-Raphaelite style.
He took charge of the enamelling section of the L.C.C. Central School of Arts and Crafts in 1896 and established his own school in Kensington in 1896. He also wrote for such periodicals as the ‘Art Journal’ and ‘Studio’ in which his own works were frequently illustrated.
Fisher’s work was shown at many international exhibitions. The most notable included a large triptych overmantle in the Byzantine style for the 1st Earl of Balfour, a table centre incorporating a ship, mermaids and electric lights, for Lord Carmichael, and a triptych ‘Life of St. Patrick’ with an entangled Celtic frame in the National Museum of Ireland, Dublin. His workshop also produced small pieces of domestic and ecclesiastical plate.