NASH, John Northcote

1893 - 1977

John Nash

Born at Kensington, London on 11 April 1893, the younger brother of the artist Paul Nash (1889–1946), sons of William Harry Nash, a barrister, and his wife Caroline Maude née Jackson, who died at St Pancras, London in 1910. In 1901, the family moved to Woodlane House, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire. Educated in Slough and afterwards at Wellington College, Berkshire and his first job was as a newspaper reporter, but in 1913 he exhibited landscapes with his brother Paul at the Dorien Leigh Galleries, London, and was invited to join both The London Group and The Friday Club. In 1914 he began painting in oils and the following year joined Harold Gilman (1876-1919) in the Cumberland Market Group and exhibited with Gilman, Charles Ginner (1878-1952) and Robert Bevan (1865-1925) at the Goupil Gallery. From November 1916 until January 1918 he joined the Artists Rifles, working as an official war artist from 1918. He married in May 1918, Dorothy Christine Kuhlenthal (29 January 1895-1976) and they lived at Gerrards Cross until 1921, with summer expeditions to the Chilterns and to Gloucestershire moving to Princes Risborough in 1921. In 1919 elected a member of the New English Art Club, in 1920 a founder member of the Society of Wood Engravers and in 1923 became a member of the Modern English Water-colour Society; in 1921 he became art critic on ‘The London Mercury’. He worked in Dorset in 1923 and in Bath and Bristol during 1924 from when he taught at The Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art (Oxford) until 1929. In 1929 he worked in Essex and Suffolk, where he bought a summer cottage at Bures, and from 1934 until 1940 he taught at the Royal College of Art (London), working on wood engravings, lithographs, etc. In 1939 an artist teacher at the Royal College Arts Board Education living at Headle, Wycombe, Buckinghamshire with his wife and on the outbreak of the Second World War joined the Observer Corps moving in 1940 to the Admiralty as an official war artist with the rank of Captain in the Royal Marines being promoted Acting Major in 1943 before relinquishing his commission in November 1944. He was then living in Essex joining the staff of the Royal College of Art in 1945. He died at Colchester, Essex on 23 September 1977. He was close friends with the writer Ronald Blythe (born 1922), who dedicated his best-selling book ‘Akenfield’ to the artist.

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