River Thames, London

River Thames, London


John Minton
River Thames, London, 1949
Ink on paper
11.2 x 18.8cm (image)

This drawing was reproduced as an illustration for the book 'Flower of Cities: A Book of London'. A rare first edition copy of this book, containing the illustration, is available with the original drawing.

Francis John Minton was born in Cambridgeshire in 1917. After studying in France, he returned to London to teach at the Central School of Art & Design and the Royal College of Art, and maintained a consistently large output of works, including landscapes and portraits. He was greatly influenced by Michael Ayrton, with whom he exhibited in London and designed costumes for John Gielgud’s production of Macbeth. The Times described Minton’s work as having a 'gloomy realism, and much intensity of feeling, which he expresses in dark colour schemes'. His work was often on an unusually large scale, painting striking portraits and beautifully-textured, vibrantly coloured landscape scenes from locations across the world. Minton took his own life in 1957.

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