John Nash RA
49.5 x 76cm (image)
Part of the School Prints series of lithographs, published in the 1940s to bring the work of contemporary artists to the masses.
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John Nash CBE RA was born in London in 1893, the younger brother of artist Paul Nash. Without formal art training, John was encouraged by his brother to develop his draughtsmanship and work in watercolour, and the two held a successful joint exhibition in London in 1913, after which he was invited to become a founder-member of the London Group in 1914.
After the War, Nash's efforts went mainly into painting landscapes. Art historian Eric Newton said of him “If I wanted a foreigner to understand the mood of a typical English landscape, I would show him Nash's best watercolours."
A founder member of the Society of Wood Engravers in 1920, Nash was also an accomplished printmaker, producing woodcuts as illustrations for literary periodicals and books, often with an interest in botanical subjects.