NASH, John

1893 - 1977

John Nash

John Northcote Nash, was 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, and by 1901, the family had moved to Woodlane House, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire where his mother died on 14 February 1910. Educated at 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 enlisted in the Artists Rifles, working as an official war artist from 1918. He married in May 1918, Dorothy Christine Kuhlenthal (29 January 1895-8 November 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 was working 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 at Bottengoms Farm, Wormingford, Essex joining the staff of the Royal College of Art in 1945. He died at Wormingford, 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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