Hi, I too am trying to discover a bit about Fred Exell. As part of a hobby-project, I am looking for information on illustrators of RD BLackmore's novel Lorna Doone. I have a copy of the particular book illustrated by Fred Exell, but cannot find out much about him (dates, genre, other books and activities, etc, etc). If you have discovered any information since your posting back in 2001, I would be delighted to make contact.
David Blackmore (Chester) [and kinsman of RD Blackmore]