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John Minton (1917 - 1957)

Painter, illustrator and teacher, born near Cambridge. Studied art at St John's Wood Art Schools, 1935-8, under Patrick Millard and Kenneth Martin. During the following year he stayed in Paris, where French Neo-Romantic painting made a strong impression. Was a conscientious objector during World War II. Designer for John Gielgud's production of Macbeth, 1941. Shared a studio with Robert Colquhoun and Robert MacBryde, 1943-6, and with Keith Vaughan, 1946-52, which reinforced his association with the English Neo-Romantic movement. From 1943-6 Minton taught at Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts, at the Central School of Arts and Crafts, 1946-8, and at Royal College of Art, 1948-57. He was a popular, charismatic teacher and personality, who in later years continued to be a cult figure. Minton's work has an assured linear quality, seen in his illustrations to Alain-Fournier's The Wanderer and a number of other books. He also painted on a l

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The Outskirts, 1941
John Minton
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