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John Armstrong (1893-1973), Painter and solider

Sitter in 4 portraits
John Armstrong was a painter of imaginative subjects, a designer of film and stage sets, a mural painter and a book illustrator. He briefly studied twice at St John's Wood School of Art, before and after serving in the First World War. He was selected as a member of the influential Unit One exhibition in 1933, and his work subsequently became more surrealist in character. His theatrical décor includes designs for Macbeth and Measure for Measure (Old Vic); Magic Flute (Sadler's Wells Opera Company) and films produced by Sir Alexander Korda including Henry VIII and The Scarlet Pimpernel. Armstrong was an official war artist from 1940 until 1945.