John Northcote Nash(1893-1977), Painter and printmaker
Sitter in 27 portraits
Artist of 2 portraits
Brother of artist Paul Nash who advised him to avoid formal training to preserve the exciting originality of his work. Nash joined the Artist Rifles during the First World War and fought for nearly two years before returning home to join his brother as an official war artist, a position he was to resume in 1940 for the Admiralty. Nash taught at the Ruskin School of Art in Oxford and subsequently at the Royal College of Art. He played an important role in the renaissance of English book illustration. He was a member of the London Group and the New English Art Club. He was elected RA in 1951 and in 1967 was given the first ever retrospective exhibition of a living painter at the Royal Academy.
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by Paul Nash
watercolour and pencil, circa 1913