JOHN NASH, HIS HOME, NEAR COLCHESTER, ENGLAND, FEBRUARY, 1975
THE WATERMARK AND THE SIGNATURE ON THE IMAGE WILL NOT BE PRESENT ON AN ORIGINAL PRINT.
David Steen: “To get to his cottage I had to clamber over a fence and trudge through a field, weighed down with camera and tripod. He was still eating his lunch, sitting at the table with his plate of fruit, glass of wine and cheese board – a scene reminiscent of a still-life painting. There was a window about a metre away in this shot.
The light, the sort of light I love, is a north light. I used to visit art galleries to observe how the old masters painted using existing daylight or candlelight.”
John Northcote Nash CBE RA (11 April 1893 – 23 September 1977) was a British painter of landscape and still-life, wood-engraver and illustrator, particularly of botanic works.
In 1914 he began painting in oils. In 1915 he joined Harold Gilman in the Cumberland Market Group and in May that year exhibited with Gilman, Charles Ginner and Robert Bevan at the Goupil Gallery.
From November 1916 to January 1918 he fought in World War I in the Artists Rifles. On the recommendation of his brother, he worked as an official war artist from 1918. In May 1918 he married Dorothy Christine Kulenthal.
From 1918 to 1921 he lived at Gerrards Cross, with summer expeditions to the Chiltern Hills and Gloucestershire. In 1919 he became a member of the New English Art Club and in 1920 was a founder member of the Society of Wood Engravers. In 1921 he became art critic for The London Mercury. In 1921 he moved to Princes Risborough. In 1923 he became a member of the Modern English Water-colour Society. In 1923 he worked in Dorset; in 1924 in Bath and Bristol. From 1924 to 1929 he taught at The Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art (Oxford). In 1929 he worked in Essex and Suffolk, where he bought a summer cottage. From 1934 to 1940 he taught at the Royal College of Art (London), working on wood engravings, lithographs, etc. In 1939 he visited Gower, near Swansea – the first of many visits to Gower and other parts of Wales.
He started World War II in 1939 in the Observer Corps, moving in 1940 to the Admiralty as an official war artist with the rank of Captain in the Royal Marines. He was promoted Acting Major in 1943 and relinquished his commission in November 1944.
Afterwards he lived in Essex. He joined the staff of the Royal College of Art in 1945. He died in 1977 in Colchester.