The Gallery holds the most extensive collection of portraits in the world. Search over 215,000 works, 150,000 of which are illustrated from the 16th Century to the present day.

Advanced Collection search

Search the Collection

John Nash

(1893-1977), Painter and printmaker

John Northcote Nash

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.

Tell us More

 Like voting
is closed

Thanks for Liking

Please Like other favourites!
If they inspire you please support our work.

Make a donation Close

List Thumbnail

John Nash, by John Nash - NPG 6685

John Nash

by John Nash
pencil, pen and ink and watercolour, circa 1935
NPG 6685

John Nash, by Peter Coker - NPG 5516

John Nash

by Peter Coker
pencil and chalk, circa 1970
NPG 5516

John Nash, by Heinrich Barten - NPG x127184

John Nash

by Heinrich Barten
albumen cabinet card, circa 1895
NPG x127184

John Nash, by Unknown photographer - NPG x127170

John Nash

by Unknown photographer
vintage snapshot print, 1918
NPG x127170

John Nash, by Unknown photographer - NPG x127171

John Nash

by Unknown photographer
vintage snapshot print, 1918
NPG x127171

John Nash, by Unknown photographer - NPG x127169

John Nash

by Unknown photographer
cream-toned bromide print, circa 1930
NPG x127169

John Nash, by Unknown photographer - NPG x127175

John Nash

by Unknown photographer
vintage bromide print, 1943
NPG x127175

John Nash, by Elliott & Fry - NPG x127176

John Nash

by Elliott & Fry
bromide print on photographer's card mount, 1951
NPG x127176

John Nash; Jennifer Andrews, by Kurt Hutton (Kurt Hubschman) - NPG x127178

John Nash; Jennifer Andrews

by Kurt Hutton (Kurt Hubschman)
vintage bromide print, 1958
NPG x127178

John Nash, by Peter Strickland - NPG x127179

John Nash

by Peter Strickland
bromide print, 1958-1959
NPG x127179

John Nash, by Kurt Hutton (Kurt Hubschman) - NPG x127182

John Nash

by Kurt Hutton (Kurt Hubschman)
bromide print, 1958
NPG x127182

John Nash, by Anthea Sieveking - NPG x199120

John Nash

by Anthea Sieveking
bromide print, 1960s
NPG x199120

John Nash; Jennifer Andrews, by Peter Strickland - NPG x127180

John Nash; Jennifer Andrews

by Peter Strickland
glossy bromide print, 1960s
NPG x127180

John Nash; Jennifer Andrews, by Peter Strickland - NPG x127181

John Nash; Jennifer Andrews

by Peter Strickland
glossy bromide print, 1960s
NPG x127181

John Nash, by Edward Morgan - NPG x1596

John Nash

by Edward Morgan
bromide fibre print, 19 July 1970
NPG x1596

Related People


Tell us more back to top

Can you tell us more about this person? Spotted an error, information that is missing (a sitter’s life dates, occupation or family relationships, or a date of portrait for example) or do you know anything that we don't know? If you have information to share please complete the form below.

If you require information from us, please use our Archive enquiry service. You can buy a print of most illustrated portraits. Select the portrait of interest to you, then look out for a Buy a Print button. Prices start at £6 for unframed prints, £25 for framed prints. If you wish to license an image, please use our Rights and Images service.

Please note that we cannot provide valuations.

We digitise over 8,000 portraits a year and we cannot guarantee being able to digitise images that are not already scheduled.

What can you tell us?close

There are occasions when we are unsure of the identity of a sitter or artist, their life dates, occupation or have not recorded their family relationships. Sometimes we have not recorded the date of a portrait. Do you have specialist knowledge or a particular interest about any aspect of the portrait or sitter or artist that you can share with us? We would welcome any information that adds to and enhances our information and understanding about a particular portrait, sitter or artist.


How do you know this? Please could you let us know your source of information.

* Permission to publish (Privacy information)
Privacy Informationclose

The National Portrait Gallery will NOT use your information to contact you or store for any other purpose than to investigate or display your contribution. By ticking permission to publish you are indicating your agreement for your contribution to be shown on this collection item page. Please note your email address will not be displayed on the page nor will it be used for any marketing material or promotion of any kind.

Please ensure your comments are relevant and appropriate. Your contributions must be polite and with no intention of causing trouble. All contributions are moderated.

Your Emailclose

Contributions are moderated. We'll need your email address so that we can follow up on the information provided and contact you to let you know when your contribution has been published.


Scientific techniques

Watch our playlist exploring scientific techniques used by the Gallery to unlock the secrets behind our Tudor portraits.

Watch now

Subjects and themes

Search the collection by themes - from pets to weddings!

Discover the Collection

Black History Month

Take a tour exploring our Collection created by Alayo Akinkugbe for Black History Month in 2020.

Take the tour

A Picture of Health

Learn about pioneers in medicine, health and social reform from 1840 to 1920.

Explore the timeline