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The Alder
© the artist's estate / Bridgeman Images. Photo credit: University of Liverpool

The Alder

John Northcote Nash (1893–1977)

University of Liverpool

Painter, mainly of landscape, in oil and watercolour, wood engraver and illustrator, especially of humorous subjects and plants. Born in London, the brother of the painter Paul Nash, he worked initially as a local journalist. Encouraged by Paul he turned to art, remaining self-taught. Exhibited with his brother at the Dorien Leigh Galleries, 1913, first one-man show at the Goupil Gallery, 1921. By that time Nash was established as a member of the Friday Club, LG and Cumberland Market Group. In 1914 he had begun to paint in oil and this combined with his experience with the Artists’ Rifles led to some fine pictures when he was made an Official War Artist in 1918. Oppy Wood, Evening, and Over the Top: The 1st Artists’ Rifles at Marcoing, both in the Imperial War Museum, are good examples.

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


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