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John Minton

(1917-1957), Painter and illustrator

Sitter in 4 portraits
Artist of 5 portraits
Minton was a major figure in the neo-Romantic movement of the 1940s and 1950s, at various times sharing a studio with Keith Vaughan and with Michael Ayrton. His prolific output included landscapes and portraits. He attended St John's Wood School of Art from 1935 to 1938 and spent eight months studying art in France. In 1942, he designed the costumes and scenery for John Gielgud's production of Macbeth and held a joint exhibition with Michael Ayrton at the Leicester Galleries. Minton taught at schools of art including Camberwell, Central and the Royal College. Well known in Soho circles, his vivaciousness and generosity hid a melancholy which led to his suicide.

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Jeffrey Joseph Bernard, by John Minton - NPG 7059

Jeffrey Joseph Bernard

by John Minton
pencil, 1949
NPG 7059

Carel Weight, by John Minton - NPG 6606

Carel Weight

by John Minton
pencil, 1949
NPG 6606

David Tindle, by John Minton - NPG 7058

David Tindle

by John Minton
pencil, 29 April 1952
NPG 7058

John Minton, by John Minton - NPG 4620

John Minton

by John Minton
oil on canvas, circa 1953
NPG 4620


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