John Minton (1917-1957)

Minton was an English painter, illustrator, stage designer and teacher. He studied in France and began his career teaching in London, but he painted prolifically during this time. In addition to landscapes and portraits, he also built up a reputation as a book illustrator.

In the mid 1950’s, Minton found himself out of sync with the move to abstraction, and felt increasingly sidelined. He suffered psychological problems, self medicated with alcohol and in 1957 he committed suicide.

John Minton (1917-1957), Jerusalem: In the Market, 1951


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Pencil, pen and ink and gouache on paper
7 ¼ x 10 ½ in (18.5 x 27.2 cm)
Inscribed with title

Collections: Nina Drucker (1934 – 2022)

This is one of the drawings Minton made (but did not use) for the illustrations he was commissioned to produce for an article in the magazine Tribune by Woodrow Wyatt entitled The Jews at Home, which came out in 1951.

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