John McWilliam

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John McWilliam describes his life thus: 'An idyllic (Lymington) village childhood, playing and working in fields that stretched to the Solent, and a full view of the Isle of Wight. The view has gone, the village is a suburb, and I now reside in the housing that has covered those fields. At nearly seventy, I am still a bit of a hippy, having been a rebel, beatnik, writer, hippy, music promoter, builder/landscaper, musician and band promoter. I have five children, three of whom are wonderful and I hope also the other two. It hasn't all been good so far, but it has been interesting.' The artist says: 'To me and many in Lymington, John represents an important link to the town's history. He is a reassuringly familiar sight peddling down the High Street, amongst the influx of American coffee chains and boutiques.

Royal Society of Portrait Painters People's Portraits collection at Girton College, University of Cambridge



John McWilliam




oil on canvas


H 120.5 x W 69.7 cm

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on loan from the Royal Society of Portrait Painters

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