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: The Assicurazioni Generali Building, Jaffa Road, 1951


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Pencil, pen and ink and gouache on paper
10¾ x 14 ½ in (18.5 x 26.5 cm)
Inscribed with title

Collections: Nina Drucker (1934 – 2022)

This drawing was made (but not used )for Woodrow Wyatt’s article in the 1951 Tribune Magazine The Jews at Home.
The Assicurazoni Building is a well known landmark in Jerusalem. Designed by Marcello Piacentini, the Italian Fascist architect, it came to prominence between 1946-48 during the Palestinian conflict when it was initially a stronghold for the British and was then taken over by The Ingun. The building is now a government office.

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