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Watercolour - Farm Buildings
  • Farm Buildings
    Nash, John Northcote, born 1893 - died 1977
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Farm Buildings

  • Object:

    Watercolour

  • Place of origin:

    Britain (made)

  • Date:

    ca. mid 20th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Nash, John Northcote, born 1893 - died 1977 (painter (artist))

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and pencil and watercolour

  • Credit Line:

    From the Collection of the late Captain Desmond Coke

  • Museum number:

    P.46-1931

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case WD, shelf 70

John Northcote Nash, the younger brother of the artist Paul Nash, spent much of his life in Essex, and the county's landscapes recur throughout his paintings, drawings and engravings. An Official War Artist during the First World War, Nash developed a primitivising style which was refined in the 1920s by the French-influenced ideas of Roger Fry and the Bloomsbury Group. This watercolour of an Essex farm shows the influence of his brother's work and typifies the evocative landscape style he developed in the interwar years.

Physical description

A watercolour drawing of a barn with a thatched roof, set in a rolling landscape among trees.

Place of Origin

Britain (made)

Date

ca. mid 20th century (made)

Artist/maker

Nash, John Northcote, born 1893 - died 1977 (painter (artist))

Materials and Techniques

Pen and pencil and watercolour

Marks and inscriptions

'John Nash'
Signed by the artist in pencil, lower right corner

Dimensions

Height: 28.5 cm, Width: 40.3 cm

Historical context note

John Nash, the younger brother of the artist Paul Nash, was self-taught and was encouraged by his brother to develop his natural talents as a draughtsman. He became an official War Artist during the First World War and a major exponent of the revival of wood engraving between the wars. The most fruitful portion of his career was the 1920s, during which the primitivising tendencies of his earlier work combined with ideas being promoted by Roger Fry and the Bloomsbury group, resulting in evocative yet tightly constructed landscapes.

Descriptive line

Watercolour entitled 'Farm Buildings' by John Northcote Nash. Great Britain, ca. mid 20th century.

Materials

Pen and ink and watercolour; Pencil

Techniques

Watercolour drawing

Subjects depicted

Farms; Barns

Categories

Drawings; Landscapes

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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