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© the artist's estate / Bridgeman Images. Photo credit: Royal Cornwall Hospital


John Miller (1931–2002)

Royal Cornwall Hospital

Painter, teacher and architect, born in London. After National Service he worked at a variety of jobs, before becoming a full-time painter. Was for a brief period an actor in films, theatre and television and in the early 1950s ran L’Elixir, a coffee bar and restaurant on Richmond Hill, Surrey, with his close friend and companion, Michael Truscott, the potter, picture framer and restorer, as its chef; although it was a success, with the writer Beverley Nichols and singer Eartha Kitt among its clients, it was demolished because of road widening. Next studied architecture and was articled to the church architects Milner and Craze. In 1958 he moved to Cornwall, settling in the Penwith peninsula, and becoming a member of the Newlyn Society of Artists in 1961, serving as chairman for some years.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)

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